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Monday, April 30, 2012

How of Happiness: Post#4--Gratitude

Express Gratitude: An antidote to negative emotions.
a.    Gratitude—promotes savoring a good life, bolsters self worth, helps cope with stress, encourages moral behavior, builds social bonds, diminishes negative emotions, fights hedonic (entitlement) activity.
b.    How of Gratitude:
i.    Keep a gratitude journal. Make a list every day of things you’re grateful for. Keep it in a place easy to remember. [I keep a small notebook in my medicine cabinet…next to my toothbrush!]
ii.    Vary your techniques to keep it fresh, not routine. Try different approaches, locations, etc.
iii.    Express your gratitude directly. Write a letter to someone who’s made a difference in your life. Or, make a visit (Martin Seligman’s fav way), read your gratitude letter to them and express what they have meant to you.

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