Be thankful, you’ll feel better
posted at 6:30 pm on November 23, 2010 by Fausta Wertz
Thanksgiving Day is just two days away, and now there’s scientific evidence that being thankful is good for you:
Adults who frequently feel grateful have more energy, more optimism, more social connections and more happiness than those who do not, according to studies conducted over the past decade. They’re also less likely to be depressed, envious, greedy or alcoholics. They earn more money, sleep more soundly, exercise more regularly and have greater resistance to viral infections.
Now, researchers are finding that gratitude brings similar benefits in children and adolescents. Kids who feel and act grateful tend to be less materialistic, get better grades, set higher goals, complain of fewer headaches and stomach aches and feel more satisfied with their friends, families and schools than those who don’t, studies show.
There’s even a gratitude quiz.
Not that gratitude is that easy to attain,
gratitude is actually a demanding, complex emotion that requires “self-reflection, the ability to admit that one is dependent upon the help of others, and the humility to realize one’s own limitations,” Dr. Emmons says.
Ah, humility. Where would us bloggers be without it?
Cross-posted at Fausta’s blog.