Ever see a random post online that makes you stop and think? Well, here’s hoping this one does.
Author Cathie Beck (who wrote a great girlfriendship book, Cheap Cabernet: a Friendship) shared this for New Years and gave Girlfriendology permission to share it with you:
Making daily lists of the things you feel grateful for improves our psychological and physical health and well-being.
A number of studies have shown that making daily lists of the things you feel grateful for – which helps draw our attention to the positive experiences in our lives – improves our psychological and physical health and well-being. For example, GRATITUDE improves our ability to connect with others, boosts our altruistic tendencies, make us optimistic and happier, decreases envy and materialism and even improves health for people with physical ailments (neuromuscular disorder, in one study).
Lambert’s new study, however, extends research on gratitude to show that verbally expressing the gratitude we feel to people close to us helps increase and sustain our well-being above and beyond simply feeling or writing down gratitude. Great literary figures have long known that happiness grows in sharing. In one of her letters, Charlotte Brontë observes “Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.” In The Common Reader, Virginia Woolf writes “Pleasure has no relish unless we share it.” Lambert’s research provides empirical validation of their wisdom.
Again … verbally expressing the gratitude we feel to people close to us helps so many things!
2013 is our year of Girlfriend Gratitude here at Girlfriendology, actually we’re celebrating it each week as ‘Thankful Thursday’ or #ThankfulThurs. We were inspired by Cathie sharing the above and want to also inspire you to think of, write down and/or share three things every day that you are grateful for. Share on our Girlfriendology Facebook page. Share in the comments. Keep a gratitude journal.
What are you thankful for, girlfriend? Share – it’s Thankful Thursday!
Expressing our Girlfriend Gratitude in 2013. Who are YOU thankful for? Get inspiration to make them as special as their friendship is to you! Share this with them!
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"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." - Thornton Wilder Ever see a random post online that makes you stop and think? Well, here's hoping this one does.
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Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. Oprah Winfrey Being thankful for what we have means more when you show your thanks through actively professing your gratitude - the more often, the better. If you're already actively incorporating a gratitude journal into your daily life, you know what a positive light it shines on your day.
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Friedrich Nietzsche - Nietzsche's classic quote may seem an odd way to begin a post on thankfulness and gratitude. If you're like me, and I believe you are girlfriend, you probably find yourself thinking this particular thought whenever you're having a bad, what-else-can-possibly-go-wrong day.
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"Fine writing is next to fine doing." - John Keats - How do you show your gratitude? When someone does something nice for you, how do you respond? Most often, a simple "thank you' will suffice. "Thanks for stopping by." "Thank you for the flowers." "Thank you so much for thinking of me."
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I don't have digital. I don't have diddly squat. It's not having what you want. It's wanting what you've got. - Sheryl Crow - Thankful Thursday question of the day: Are you happy with what you have? Sure there are faster, finer cars, more fashionable clothes, and better jobs to be had.
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Spontaneity has its time and its place. -Arthur Frank Burns- I got an e-mail a couple days ago that a very dear, long-time girlfriend was going to be in my town on business and was hoping to get together and catch up. Time to flip the spontaneity switch to the full on position.
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Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness. Richard Bach But not just a gift - the perfect gift. We all find occasion to look for a great girlfriend gift. That special gift to commemorate a birthday, celebrating a new job, the birth of a child, a wedding shower, the holidays.
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