HOW FEELING OF GRATITUDE BREED HAPPINESS AND WELL-BEING: –
If you need another reason to give thanks at the dinner table, how’s this: people who maintain an “attitude of gratitude” tend to be happier and healthier than those who don’t. Adults who feel grateful have more, than who do not, according to studies conducted over the past decade. They’re also less likely to be depressed, envious, greedy or alcoholics.
One research has found that grateful students reported higher grades, more life satisfaction, better social integration and less envy and depression than their peers who were less thankful and more materialistic. Additionally, feelings of gratitude had a more powerful impact on the students’ lives overall than materialism. Gratitude should be chronic in order to reap all of its benefits.
Feeling gratitude must be ingrained into your personality, and you must fre- quently acknowledge and be thankful for the role other people play in your happiness.
For older children and adults, one simple way to cultivate gratitude is to literally count your blessings. Keep a journal and regularly record whatever you are grateful for that day. Be specific. The real benefit comes in changing how you experience the world. Look for things to be grateful for, and you’ll start seeing them.
Studies show that using negative, derogatory words — even as you talk to yourself — can darken your mood, as well. Fill your head with positive thoughts, express thanks and encouragement aloud and look for something to be grateful for, not criticize, in those around you, especially loved ones.