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If this year has taught us anything, it’s that we can’t take things for granted. We’ve all been reminded of what’s important—from the simple act of going to the movies to enjoying a get-together with friends—and what we can be more thankful for in the future. In short, we need to embrace the gifts of gratitude.
But what exactly is gratitude? Researchers have framed gratefulness as a broad and positive orientation toward recognizing and appreciating what’s good in the world, a counting of blessings, and a perspective that highlights life’s gifts.
Studies have investigated the health outcomes of gratefulness, and the positive effects are clear. Taking on a grateful perspective appears to improve psychological health. We’re also more likely seek support for health concerns and more inclined to participate in healthy activates when we practice gratitude.
Here are a few ways to start a gratitude practice:
- Keep photographs around of the things you’re grateful for in your life.
- Share experiences of appreciation with a “gratitude buddy” by email, text, or phone every day.
- Start a gratitude journal. Write down bad things that didn’t happen and good things that did.