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Gratitude. Thursday June 6, 2013

Sometimes our problems can seem so overwhelming that the whole world looks dark. But studies show that if we spend a little time every day reminding ourselves of all the things to be grateful for, it can soon make a big difference to our happiness.

If you're having a particularly down day, it may seem like there's literally nothing to be grateful for. But remember that things could always be worse. Practicing gratitude may feel a little false or fake at first, (especially if you're going through a rough patch), but bear with it and you may just be surprised at the results.

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Anonymous Wed, Jun 5th 2013 @ 6:21am

Hi. I like your service very much.

I do not agree with this posting. It reflects a common misunderstanding of the happiness research. The newer research in happiness coming out of the Positive Psychology school says nothing at all about how to make someone happy. So far as I know, the research only tells us about the characteristics of happy people, such as gratitude. We know that happy people more often have certain habits or regular behaviors, such as: gratitude for what they have good, the ability to relax, regular exercise, do charity work or something to assist others, and have people to talk to about their problems, issues and struggles.

There is no research that says if we practice any of those behaviors we will become more happy.

If you can show me what studies you are referring to when you say, "Studies show that if we spend a little time every day reminding ourselves of all the things to be grateful for, it can soon make a big difference to our happiness", I would be most grateful.

Positive Psychology and the happiness research are not clinical. That means they do tell us anything about how to help unhappy people, depressed people or other patients (suffering people). If you read Seligman and the other happiness researchers you will see that they stress this point. It is the rest of faddish world doting over the new thing, happiness and Positive Psychology, that are making other claims, like in your post, that have no basis in research that I know of.

Anonymous Wed, Jun 5th 2013 @ 6:23am

Correction to last paragraph: ...they do NOT tell us anything about how to help unhappy people, ...".

Henri Wed, Jun 5th 2013 @ 7:43am

See the work of Robert Emmons.

Carole Baker Thu, Jun 6th 2013 @ 10:04am

I am not a psychologist and have done no research but I do know that my thoughts, be they negative or positive, have great bearing on how I am feeling. Keeping a gratitude journal helps me to refocus on the positive things in my life when the negatives start to take over. This in turn improves my mood if I'm feeling blue.

Rob Fri, Jun 7th 2013 @ 1:29pm

Hello Anonymous

It's Rob, the original poster here. Thank you for the correction, I regret my error.

To be honest, I'm not too concerned if research hasn't shown that gratitude can increase one's happiness. It works for me and several others that I know, and I'm happy to accept this purely anecdotal evidence.

Cheers

Rob

Anonymous Sun, Jun 23rd 2013 @ 11:01am

Hi Rob. Thank you for acknowledging the error.

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