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Gratitude: why bother? Read on...
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Gratitude can improve your life, and may even save it! No really. Dartmouth posted this web page on the importance of gratitude: http://www.umassd.edu/counseling/forparents/reccomendedreadings/theimportanceofgratitude/

 

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"Researchers ... are turning their attention to the study of gratitude and its relationship to health and mental well-being. I will present some of their findings here to help us understand how gratitude is helpful and why it's important to our well-being.

 

People who keep gratitude journals on a weekly basis have been found to exercise more regularly, have fewer physical symptoms, feel better about their lives as a whole, and feel more optimistic about their upcoming week as compared to those who keep journals recording the stressors or neutral events of their lives.


Daily discussion of gratitude results in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness, energy, and sleep duration and quality. Grateful people also report lower levels of depression and stress, although they do not deny or ignore the negative aspects of life.


People who think about, talk about, or write about gratitude daily are more likely to report having helped someone with a personal problem or offered emotional support to another person.


Those with a disposition towards gratitude are found to place less importance on material goods, are less likely to judge their own or others success in terms of possessions accumulated, are less envious of wealthy people, and are more likely to share their possessions with others.


Emerging research suggests that daily gratitude practices may have some preventative benefits in warding of coronary artery disease."


 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful for a strong weed pulling arm.

 

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"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful to live in this astounding, beautiful, nourishing and otherwise wonderful state.

 

 

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Grateful for the beauty of tea and herb gardens, the fun of butterfly and hummingbird gardens, the pay-off of vegetable gardens and this haggard old planet that makes these and other wonders possible.

 

 

 

 

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Grateful for a well-spent long weekend, true, but more grateful for those men and women who put themselves in harm's way in order to protect the freedom our founding fathers won for us.

 

 

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Grateful to have been kicked out of my own kitchen. ... But, guys? ... I really do have some food prep to get to ... guys? ... 

 

 

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Grateful for hope, optimism and long-range plans. 

 

 

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Grateful for 4 AM plans. 

 

 

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Grateful for first light that arrives before my first cuppa. And the will to get going. Days are just packed! Smiley Happy

 

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Grateful to be done with that. Hello new day!

 

 

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