There is an abundance of research on happiness and gratitude.
I’ve made a personal study of it and here are some of my favorite facts and inspirational thoughts on happiness and gratitude. Enjoy!:
Happy people generally are more forgiving, helpful, and charitable, having better self-control, and are more tolerant of frustration than unhappy people.
A 30 percent increase in one spouse’s happiness boosts the other spouse’s happiness, while a drop in one spouse’s happiness drags the other down.
Yeats: “We are happy when we are growing.”
Did you know that the brain is stimulated by surprise?
Samuel Jackson: “The business of the wise man is to be happy”.
Research shows that acting in an outgoing, talkative, adventurous or assertive way makes people- even introverts-feel happier.
Making and sticking to a decision is a source of happiness because it gives you a sense of control, of efficacy, of responsibility.
At time of financial stress, taking control of your finances- even symbolically- can boost your mood because you’re taking steps to control and improve your situation.
Gratitude is important to happiness. Studies show that consistently grateful people are happier and more satisfied with their lives; they even feel more physically healthy and spend more time exercising.
Gratitude fosters forbearance- it’s harder to feel disappointed with someone when you are feeling grateful toward him or her.
Gratitude connects you to the natural world, because one of the easiest things to feel grateful for is the beauty of nature.
Studies show that happier people are more likely to help other people.
Happier people are more interested in social problems. They do more volunteer work and contribute more to charity.
One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy.
One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself!
Publius Syrus: “No man is happy who does not think himself so”
Saint Therese: I take care to appear happy and especially to be so.”
A small child typically laughs more than four hundred times a day, and an adult- seventeen times.
Laughter can boost immunity and lower blood pressure and cortisol levels and increases people’s tolerance for pain.
Often a laughter response to someone’s exasperation turns the situation around. A story from Saint Therese: p.264 The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Tolstoy: ” Nothing, can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.”
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