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"He who is
not grateful
for the good things
he has...

would not be happy
with what he wishes
he had.
"


 

   

Experts Tell Us of the Importance of Gratitude.


"If you want joy, give joy to others; if you want love, learn to love; if you want attention and appreciation, learn to give attention and appreciation; if you want material affluence, help others become materially affluent.  In fact, the easiest way to get what you want is to help others get what they want. This principle works equally well for individuals, corporations, societies and nations.  If you want to be blessed with all the good things in life, learn to silently bless everyone with all the good things in life."
-Deepak Chopra
"The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success"
©2004  Amber-Allen Publishing and New World Library

Further Informationhappy


Excerpt from:
THANK YOU. NO, THANK YOU
Date updated: November 23, 2010
Melinda Beck
Content provided by The Wall Street Journal

It turns out, giving thanks is good for your health.

A growing body of research suggests that maintaining an attitude of gratitude can improve psychological, emotional and physical well-being.

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.


FOR FULL ARTICLE GO TO:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704243904575630541486290052.html


Excerpt from:
MAKE A GRATITUDE ADJUSTMENT
Date updated: February 04, 2007
Lauren Aaronson
Content provided by Psychology Today

As a child, Chris Peterson absolutely hated writing thank-you notes. His aversion continued right into his 40s, until one day he knew he had to face it.

A psychology professor at the University of Michigan, Peterson regularly gave his students an unusual homework assignment. He asked them to write a "gratitude letter," a kind of belated thank-you note to someone in their lives. Studies show such letters provide long-lasting mood boosts to the writers. Indeed, after the exercise, Peterson says his students feel happier "100 percent of the time.

"Gratitude needn't be directed at another person to hit its mark. Take just a few minutes each day to jot down things that make you thankful, from the generosity of friends to the food on your table or the right to vote. After a few weeks, people who follow this routine "feel better about themselves, have more energy and feel more alert," Emmons says. Feeling thankful even brings physical changes, studies show. List-keepers sleep better, exercise more and gain a general contentment that may counteract stress and contribute to overall health.

FOR FULL ARTICLE GO TO:
http://www.revolutionhealth.com/healthy-living/relationships/self/emotional-wellness/say-thanks


Excerpt from:
GRATITUDE AT WORK
Counting your blessings will benefit yourself and your organization.
Charles D. Kerns, PhD

Grateful individuals report higher levels of life satisfaction and optimism and greater energy and connections with other people. Grateful people enjoying these types of positive outcomes from their acts of gratitude would seem to make for productive and happy people within an organization.

Growing evidence indicates that the expression of gratitude can also improve one's physical health and functioning. Researchers are finding that behaviors such as gratitude, for example, may be reliably connected to positive changes in an individual's cardiovascular and immune functioning. In one recent study, individuals who focused on being grateful rather than on not being angry were found to positively impact a variety of important physiological functions such as improved heart, pulse, and respiration rates. It would seem that the practice of gratitude may hold promise for reducing stress...

FOR FULL ARTICLE GO TO:
http://gbr.pepperdine.edu/064/gratitude.htm


Excerpt from:
HAPPINESS TAKES WORK:
5 Choices To Create Happiness
by Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

...happy people are consistently grateful for what they have, rather than complaining about what they don’t have. They notice the many gifts and blessings that come their way and they frequently express gratitude for the everyday things in their lives - the beauty of nature, the food they eat, the smile on a friend’s face, their ability to see, hear, walk, talk. Even many disabled people who may not have the blessings of eyesight, hearing, speech or legs are often happy people because they focus on what they do have and what they can do, rather than focusing on what they are missing out on.

If you want to be happy, then you need to recognize that happiness is the result of your thinking and behavior, not the cause of it. If you choose to focus on becoming conscious of what thoughts and behavior make you feel happy, you can become a happy person - regardless of your present circumstances. Happiness does not just happen - it takes work!

FOR FULL ARTICLE GO TO:
http://mind.skserver.org/2006/05/15/happiness/#more-127


Excerpt from:
THE POWER OF GRATITUDE
by: Lori Radun, CEC

When life is good, gratitude is easy. It becomes more challenging to be grateful when we are experiencing hard times. Financial hardship, long-term illness, the death of a loved one and marital strife can all be trying and difficult. It is hard to find anything to be grateful for. But while pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. We have a choice in how we view our circumstances. We can turn our hearts to God and trust that he has a plan for us. We can be thankful for the lessons we learn and the opportunities for personal growth and transformation. Look at all the people in this world who share the gifts they received during especially difficult times of their life. It is the painful times of my life that have made me stronger, wiser, and more loving today...

So how can we raise our energy level and open our heart to joy? One powerful way is to develop an attitude of gratitude. Look at everyone with grateful eyes. Listen to your heart and the heart of your loved ones. Speak words of affirmation every day of your life. Be grateful for your life with all its lessons and blessings. The more grateful thoughts and feelings you experience and express the more instrumental you will be in healing the world. And your outlook on life will improve in the process.

FOR FULL ARTICLE GO TO:
http://www.articlecity.com/articles/relationships/article_410.shtml


Excerpt from:
ADOPT AND ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE…
Are you grateful for your life?
Or do you whinge about everything?
by Arvind Devalia

Gratitude is a way of reaching back to our natural state of happiness. You get to notice what’s right instead of what’s wrong and begin to see every “problem” as an opportunity for growth and development. Is your glass half full or half empty?

I challenge you this week to begin to value all the goodness and beauty around you. This can be as majestic as a sunset or as simple as the feel of the clothes you wear. Be thankful for a gift from a friend, a child’s smile, a stranger’s kindness, having got home safely this evening and simply to be alive. Appreciate our variable summer weather too, for it is the rain water that sustains all the nature around us.

Some of the happiest people I know live with an attitude of gratitude.

FOR FULL ARTICLE GO TO:
http://www.career-in-your-suitcase.com/Articles/FYP/Gratitude.htm



 



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