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The Essential Art of Gratitude

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Studies have proven that being grateful makes people happier. Many people have discovered this for themselves, and been quietly counting their blessings for years. Now scientists have proven that the power of being grateful will positively impact our lives, so hopefully more people will start being grateful.

Scientific Proof: Being Grateful Makes You Happier

According to a study by psychologist, Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of The How of Happiness, people who keep a  happiness journal for a week feel happier than people who don't, even three months after they stopped writing it.

It's So Easy, You'd Be Nuts Not To Try It

Just recognizing and noting down, or thinking about, things that you're grateful for will make you happier. In fact, even reading about things other people are grateful for will make us feel happier.

Be Grateful, Feel Happier

So by writing this list of things I'm grateful for I'll feel happier, and by reading it you will too. That's a win-win situation and something else I'm grateful for.

For this short list, I've chosen things that most of us can be grateful for, but I'd love it if we could add to the list. Here goes.

10 Things I'm Grateful For

  •  Being alive.
  • Having a roof over my head.   
  • Living in a safe, beautiful place.
  •  The love of my friends and family.
  • Being able to hear birds sing and waves crash.
  • Being in touch with people all over the world.
  • Having access to books and the Internet and being able to learn more every day because of that.
  • Being able to see my kids growing up.
  • The endless opportunities available for us today.
  • Human resilience.

Practice Being Grateful Today

Try these ideas as an experiment, you have nothing to lose.

1. Buy a little notebook or grab a scrap of paper then jot down one or two things that you're grateful for each day. Read it back once a week at least. The list of things you have to be grateful for will grow but amazingly, there are always more thing to be added.

2. Or send yourself an email before you log off your computer, then you can read what you're grateful for next time you collect your email. If you do this you can keep adding to the email and sending it on each day until you've got enough to fill a piece of A4. Now print it out and pop it in your handbag or manbag (I love that word). Next time you need a pick up it will be there.

3. Gratitude lists are a lovely way to share stuff about yourself and find out more about other people. Try asking someone what they're grateful for in their lives and see what they say.

So tell me, what are you most grateful for right now?

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Good luck with all your plans!

 Annabel Candy