Gratitude and happiness

November 28, 2006 | No comments yet

A number of recent studies confirm happiness doesn’t come from having lots of money or showy things. It comes from attitude, perspective and outlook—qualities of life rooted in Spirit, rather than materialism.

Malcolm Ritter for AP reported in part:

“As a motivational speaker and executive coach, Caroline Adams Miller knows a few things about using mental exercises to achieve goals. But last year, one exercise she was asked to try took her by surprise.

Every night, she was to think of three good things that happened that day and analyze why they occurred. That was supposed to increase her overall happiness.

“I thought it was too simple to be effective,” said Miller, 44, of Bethesda. Md. “I went to Harvard. I’m used to things being complicated.”


Miller was assigned the task as homework in a master’s degree program. But as a chronic worrier, she knew she could use the kind of boost the exercise was supposed to deliver.

She got it.

“The quality of my dreams has changed, I never have trouble falling
asleep and I do feel happier,” she said.

Results may vary, as they say in the weight-loss ads. But that exercise is one of several that have shown preliminary promise in recent research into how people can make themselves happier — not just for a day or two, but long-term….”


I haven’t done any scientific survey, but I’ve noticed that grateful people are generally happy people.

Have you ever noticed the same?

And this makes sense when you think about it. After all, is a grump and complainer going to be happy? I don’t think so….

You’ve probably heard it a hundred times, if not more. Gratitude is healthy for what ails you.

I’ts also a sure route to happiness.

Exercise it abundantly!

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