Want a simple way to fuel the positive in your life? Try gratitude.
Developing a habitual focus on gratitude has been shown to have a positive impact on multiple levels. Take the results of the Research Project on Gratitude and Thanksgiving by a couple psychology professors out of Southern Methodist University and UC Davis, for example:
The study required several hundred people in three different groups to keep daily diaries. The first group kept a diary of the events that occurred during the day, while the second group recorded their unpleasant experiences. The last group made a daily list of things for which they were grateful.
The results of the study indicated that daily gratitude exercises resulted in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism and energy. Additionally, the gratitude group experienced less depression and stress, was more likely to help others, exercised more regularly and made more progress toward personal goals. According to the findings, people who feel grateful are also more likely to feel loved. McCollough and Emmons also noted that gratitude encouraged a positive cycle of reciprocal kindness among people since one act of gratitude encourages another.
What I love about this is the degree to which gratitude has a positive impact on both our internal state and the way we behave in the world.
Brought to you by Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM