True gratitude is more than saying thank you when someone holds a door--although good manners are a great place to start. According to world-renowned gratitude guru Robert Emmons, gratitude has two important parts: the affirmation of goodness, and the recognition that the goodness comes from outside our selves. “I see it as a relationship-strengthening emotion,“ he writes, “because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people.”
Researchers who study the effects of gratitude credit the practice with:
- Improved physical health, such as fewer aches and pains;
- Improved psychological health via the reduction of toxic emotions;
- Better sleep, empathy and self-esteem
- Less anger, aggression, and anxiety.
I will definitely keep this one as a Take It. For anyone who's interested in starting gratitude journal practice, I suggest taking a look at the GGSC's 9 tips.
Thank you for stopping by, and happy December!