Monday, January 9, 2012
Motivational Monday: Gratitude
Dr. Michale McCollough, of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and Dr. Robert Emmons, of the University of California at Davis, say their initial scientific study indicates that:
Gratitude plays a significant role in a person's sense of well-being.
The results of the study indicated that daily gratitude exercises (such as writing in gratitude journal) resulted in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism, and energy. Additionally, the gratitude group experience less depression and stress, was more likely to help others, exercised more regularly and made more progress toward personal goals. According to the findings, people who feel grateful are also more likely to feel loved.
McCullough suggests that anyone can increase their sense of well-being and create positive social effects just from counting their blessings. (The Osgoodfile, CBS Radio Network, July 12, 2002)
People who do not feel gratitude are only cheating themselves out of happiness in life. -- Adam Smith, theory of Moral Sentiments.
Gratitude is a quality I have found in every happy person I know. It is a quality that instantly makes a person more likable and more at peace. Where there is an abundance of this virtue, there is happiness. Where there is an absence of this virtue, there is often sadness, resentment and futility .... If we only look around us, there are a thousand reason for us not to be happy ... the more we focus on the things we don't have, the more unhappy and more resentful we become. -- Joseph B. Wirthlin (Live in Thanksgiving Daily, Ensign, September 2001)