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.

6 comments:

Sarah M said...

Well said Uncle K, very true xx

Inno Garage said...

Loved this post and also the blog. Branding Agencies in India are also catching up with the West. Lets hope a war and more creativity.

Tina HP said...

Amen!

Anonymous said...

GK Chesterton over 100 years ago... 'gratititude is the source of all happiness'... always was, always is !

Andrew Bird said...

Thanks Kevin for this post. As a school principal I am interested in this concept as my team tackles the big issue of coping with the reality that what we do is never good enough!I have grown to be very grateful of our team and watching them strive to do their very best for the children they teach. I just hope they can feel how proud I am of them.

chrisMsimon said...

re. "Be Grateful": People & a lot of the new breed of socially successful sites are indeed showing gratitude to Doctor Robert Emmons’ work in California. Many moderators & gatekeepers would be better grabbing integral content management components from the Davis campus. Sorry truth is they have little time to learn virtue, but already seem to almost have a scientific grab on vitriol! (How could they have this much experience of science, math, religion, philosophy, art, music, algorithm…) To maintain their audiences & their future, they’d be wise to sort out their “V” equation ;)