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Gratitude = Happiness

Posted Nov 30 2008 10:20am
The hustle and bustle of the holidays is upon us. A time of cheer for some, but for others a time of saddness. The holidays can also be a stressful time. During my practice years I would see a number of patients get worse over the holiday season. Too many responsibilities and demands and not enough time resulting in greater aches, pains, and headaches.

One thing that may help to put more "cheer" in the holidays is to revisit the ole attitude of gratitude. In fact a recent study by Kent State University's Dr. Steven Toepfer has shown just that. Happiness increases with a sense of gratitude.

Toepfer recruited a group of students from six courses and had them write letters of gratitude to people who had a positive influence on their lives. Students were given surveys after each letter to measure their mood, satisfaction with life, happiness and gratitude.

Toepfer saw the students' moods become more positive with each letter. They demonstrated more happiness and satisfaction with their lives. In fact, 75% said they would continue to write letters after the study. Toepfer also links expressive writing with overall better health.

So in the spirit of gratitude I personally wish to thank you all for reading my blog and especially those of you who have read my book. I am truly grateful...

Peace and healing,

Dr. Bruce

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Kent State University (2008, November 27). Want To Be Happier? Be More Grateful.
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