Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Day 18

How much does it matter?

I understand that tracking thankfulness matters.
Of course I know that the Bible is clear on this topic.
I’ve read Ann’s book about her experience.
There is a whole website where people are sharing their own lists of gifts since her book was published. Join in if you want by going here.
But how much does it matter?

Out of curiosity I was wondering what others are saying about it. You know, the scientific community, the ones considered the “experts”.

Here is what I found. This was written by Robert A. Emmons author of the book "Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You happier"

Consider these statistics.
“ People are 25 percent happier if they keep gratitude journals, sleep 1/2 hour more per evening, and exercise 33 percent more each week compared to persons who are not keeping these journals. They achieve up to a 10 percent reduction in systolic blood pressure, and decrease their dietary fat intake by up to 20 percent. Lives marked by frequent positive emotions of joy, love and gratitude are up to seven years longer than lives bereft of these pleasant feelings. The science of gratitude has also revealed some surprising findings. For example, students who practice gratitude increase their grade point average. Occasional gratitude journaling boosts well-being more than the regular practice of counting blessings. Remembering one's sorrows, failures and other painful experiences is more beneficial to happiness than recalling only successes. Becoming aware that a very pleasant experience is about to end enhances feelings of gratitude for it. Thinking about the absence of something positive in your life produces more gratitude and happiness than imagining its presence."  

Interesting isn’t it?

Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2010/11/25/3210760/science-shows-gratitude-matters.html#ixzz1b3h4Xauy Robert A. Emmons is professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis; editor-in-chief of the Journal of Positive Psychology; and the author of "Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier" (2008, Houghton Mifflin).

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