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Published on November 28th, 2013 | by No Artificial

Gratitude Makes You Happier And Healthier

Appreciation may boost your body’s immune system and increase feelings of well-being.

Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has.

According to data compiled by the University of California Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, individuals who shared Facebook gratitude posts every day for 2 weeks showed significant increases in appreciation and happiness, greater satisfaction with life and higher resilience to stress. The group also reported fewer headaches and less stomach pain, coughs and sore throats.

This study proved that gratitude can increase levels of well-being among those who do cultivate it. Furthermore, grateful thinking is associated with increased levels of energy, optimism, and empathy.

Psychologist Robert Emmons of the University of California, Davis, has studied gratitude for many years and describes it in two parts:

“First, gratitude is an affirmation of goodness in the world, and second, gratitude requires the recognition that the sources of this goodness exists outside of individuals.”

A study conducted by Emmons and his colleague Michael McCullough demonstrated that those who recorded things that had made them grateful had an improved sense of well-being, slept better and more, felt a greater sense of optimism and connectedness to others.

“Results suggest that a conscious focus on blessings may have emotional and interpersonal benefits,” Emmons and McCullough wrote in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. They observed that the benefits are most pronounced when compared to a focus on complaints and hassles.

In general, research has associated the regular practice of gratitude with physical benefits, such a stronger immune system, and higher levels of broad positive emotions as well as social benefits, such as being more forgiving, outgoing and feeling less lonely and isolated, the study’s authors wrote.

 



 

Resource: University of California Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center

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