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!
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