Monday, January 23, 2012

Being Grateful

We all have many things to be grateful for and often we’re so busy in the chaos of daily life to take time and fully appreciate everything we have. For this reason gratitude is sometimes referred to as the ‘forgotten happiness’.

Studies by the University of California have shown that people who keep regular weekly gratitude journals exercise more, report fewer physical health problems and feel better about their lives as whole compared to those people who recorded hassles or neutral events in their journal.

People who are grateful are less likely to judge their own, and others’ success, by the possessions they own and are more willing to share what they have with others. The key to achieving happiness from gratitude is to be aware of, and grateful for, the blessings in your life. Reminding yourself about what really matters helps you put things in perspective and sweating the small stuff no longer seems as important.

On busy days I’m grateful just to have the time to drink a cup of Illy coffee, listen to good music, and take in the view. Livin’ the slow life.