Practicing Gratitude Can Increase Happiness by 25%

April 2, 2010 by  
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I really like this post.  What Dr. A. Emmons refers to as gratitude I believe it to be a direct result of being  in the moment.  In living in the present with awareness we experience many simple and profound aspects of life and we are grateful for that.  Let me know what you think.

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Psychological research finds that people’s happiness levels are remarkably stable over the long-term. Whether you win the lottery or are paralyzed from the neck down, after about three to six months you’ll have returned to your usual level of happiness. While these findings are deeply counter-intuitive, they also raise a serious problem for those wanting to increase levels of happiness permanently.

A possible answer comes from recent research in the psychology of gratitude. Yes, you read that correctly – being thankful might be the key to raising your happiness ‘set-point’. And there is some good experimental evidence to back up this theory…Continued

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