How to Overcome Personal Barriers, Build Resilience, and Live a Flourishing Life.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
research finds that people's happiness levels are remarkably stable over
the long-term. A possible explanation comes from studies in the
psychology of gratitude. Yes, you read that correctly -- being thankful
just may be the secret to happiness.
The study* cited that people who were in the gratitude condition felt
fully 25% happier -- they were more optimistic about the future, they
felt better about their lives.
The words "gratitude" and "grace" share a common Latin origin, gratus,
meaning "pleasing" or "thankful." When you are in a deep state of
gratitude, you may feel the presence of grace. Reflect on this. As we
become more mindful of the present moment, we begin to recognize the
things around us that we may have taken for granted.
Learning to practice gratitude is one of life's most valuable lessons.
As Aristotle taught us, all virtues have value and the virtue of
gratitude helps to increase feelings of satisfaction with our lives and
keeps us from falling into the excess of a greedy or entitled frame of
There are many simple, yet powerful ways to practice gratitude on a daily basis.
Thank, separately, both the cashier and the bagger at the grocery store.
Send a hand-written thank you note when you receive a gift, however small.
Make "thank you" a common phrase in your vocabulary.
Keep a gratitude journal. Each night write 1-3 things for which you were grateful during the day.
And remember to live a gracious and flourishing life.
*Emmons, R. A., & McCullough, M. E. (2003). Counting blessings
versus burdens: An experimental investigation of gratitude and
subjective well-being in daily life. Journal of Personality and Social
Psychology, 84(2), 377-389