Article about Gratitude from PN Magazine, April, 2011
Imagine being offered more hours of sleep, increased motivation to exercise, higher levels of optimism, fewer reports of depression and stress, more progress toward personal goals, and fewer physical symptoms such as pain—all for the price of as little as 10-15 minutes each day. Too good to be true?
Not so, say a growing number of professionals and researchers in the field of Positive Psychology… . The results of numerous studies are in and point to one conclusion, say Positive Psychology gurus across the country: The simple act of gratitude, if practiced daily, can produce numerous positive health and emotional benefits.
Religion and philosophers have long praised the virtue and benefits of gratitude, but now psychology has lent it scientific credence. In several control group studies involving subjects as diverse as college students, heart attack survivors, people dealing with postpolio syndrome, middle school students, and 9/11 survivors, results all point to the conclusion that the regular practice of gratitude produces numerous positive health and emotional benefits.