Thursday, July 17, 2008

Measuring Gratitude by Angie Ledbetter

Researching the effects of gratitude, I've found more good news in a recent study done at the University of California:

*Grateful people have more positive emotions and report better life satisfaction and vitality. They also claim less depression and stress.
*People with a strong disposition toward gratitude are more empathetic and take in others' perspectives. They're rated as more generous/helpful.
*Grateful people are more likely to acknowledge a belief in the interconnectedness of all life and a commitment to others.
*They place less importance on material goods.
*Those who feel "indebtedness" vs. gratitude report higher levels of anger and lower levels of appreciation, happiness, and love.

More information on the study can be found here: http://

Poking around the Internet also led me to a beautiful video on the gifts of today. It certainly made my day, and I appreciate the people who composed and host it for others to enjoy. Take a moment to fully see the gifts of today: http://

1 comment:

Barbara Quinn said...

What a great post. Sometimes that "indebtedness" does rear its head..then I have to sit back and count all the things I am grateful for. It works! Thanks for reminding me to keep on being grateful.

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