Is being grateful great for you?
I’m a big fan of positive news getting prominence in media outlets (with all the negative stories that get the majority of the attention, reading the paper can be a real bummer sometimes). However, over this morning’s coffee, I stumbled upon some “grate” news. I learned that if you’re running around and stressing out about the holiday season that’s upon us, stop to take a second and give thanks.
According to an article in USA Today, about three-quarters of the people studied who regularly counted their blessings scored higher in happiness tests. That’s 75%! In addition to serving as a stress reducer, being grateful was also cited in making people feel “more alive, alert, interested and enthusiastic.”
- A wonderful family (and extended) family who support me, love me and are always there for me.
- A supportive husband who makes me laugh (sometimes at him, not with him!)
- An awesome group of eclectic friends that want nothing more than to just be with me and have fun.
- The fact that my side of the family and my husband’s family get along and LIKE each other!
- My health.
- A career, business and colleagues that I enjoy being around – and love to watch succeed.
- My crazy dog.