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5 Ways to Stay Thankful All Year-Round

Posted: 11/22/11 08:22 AM ET

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, many of us start turning our attention to what we have to be thankful for -- family, friends or maybe even just that we were able to wake up this morning. And, like many of us, once the holiday passes, thankfulness returns to the back of our minds.

So how do you keep up that thankfulness year-round? Studies show that the more we show gratitude and thankfulness, we experience increased wellbeing (Carson, et al., 2010; Emmons & McCullough, 2003). Here are five ways to extend that feeling of gratitude.

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You can do the "standard" recommendation of taking time at the end of each day to write down five things for which you are thankful.

However, I recommend you take it a step further. Write down all the great things that are happening to you over the course of the day, as they happen. It's amazing the wonderful things we notice when we are focused on finding the good.
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Carson, J., Muir, M., Clark, S., Wakely, E., and Chander, A. (2010). Piloting a gratitude intervention in a community mental health team. "Groupwork: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Working with Groups" 20(3): 73-87.

Emmons, R.A. & McCullough, M.E. (2003). Counting blessings versus burdens: An experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life. "Journal of Personality and Social Psychology" 84(2): 377-389.

 
 
 

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