The Science of Gratefulness - Thanksgiving 2020

The act of giving thanks goes beyond mere words. When we encounter the feeling of thanks, we are experiencing gratitude.

Gratitude has been the subject of study among philosophers, religious scholars, and scientists alike. For at least 2,000 years, intellectuals have been considering the vital role gratitude plays in daily life.

The magnitude of benefits we experience from gratitude may account for our interest in studying this foundational emotion for millennia. The relationship between gratitude and well-being is a burgeoning area of research in the field of positive psychology.

Stages of Gratitude No matter what age we are, we have the capacity to experience gratitude. First comes the acknowledgment of goodness in life and the elements that make worth living. From a young age, we are able to feel gratified by the things we receive. Over time, we cultivate our capacity to be grateful externally to other people, animals, and the world. These are the two stages of gratitude—recognition of the goodness in our lives, followed by the acknowledgment that this goodness came to us externally. Tap Into The Benefits

From enhanced well-being to deeper relationships, increased optimism, and better physical and mental health, engaging in a regular gratitude practice has so much to offer to all walks of life. It's so important cultivating a gratitude practice for little ones! Teaching children how to practice gratitude helps them learn a lifelong appreciation for the world around them and all that it has to offer.

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