Why Practicing Gratitude is Good For Your Health

A detailed look at the benefits of gratitude for psychological and physical well-being.

  • People in one group were told to write down five things they were grateful for in their lives over the last week (their lists included such things as God, kindness from friends, and the Rolling Stones).
  • People in another group were told to write down five daily hassles from the last week (their lists included such things as too many bills to pay, trouble finding parking, and a messy kitchen).
  • People in a third group simply listed five events that had occurred in the last week (their lists included attending a music festival, learning CPR, and cleaning out a closet).

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Catherine A. Sanderson

Poler Family Professor of Psychology, Amherst College | Author: The Positive Shift; Why We Act | SandersonSpeaking.com