Two psychologists, Michael McCollough of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and Robert Emmons of the University of California at Davis, wrote an article about an experiment they conducted on gratitude and its impact on well-being. The study split several hundred people into three different groups and all of the participants were asked to keep daily diaries.
The first group kept a diary of the events that occurred during the day without being told specifically to write about either good or bad things; the second group was told to record their unpleasant experiences; and the last group was instructed to make a daily list of things for which they were grateful.
The results of the study indicated that daily gratitude exercises resulted in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism, and energy. In addition, those in the gratitude group experienced less depression and stress, were more likely to help others, exercised more regularly, and made greater progress toward achieving personal goals. http://www.thechangeblog.com/gratitude/
Simple things I am grateful for this morning selected randomly from top of mind:
- At night in bed how good the cool side of the pillow feels when I turn it over.
- The taste of coffee from the pot at home I am most accustomed to.
- Getting to skip shaving on the weekend and on vacation.
- Reading that takes me all around the world; to the future and the past.
- How good it feels to see a good friend I have not seen in a long time.
- A favorite food prepared just like I remember it from childhood.
- Cold weather on the first chilly day of the season.
- Clouds when I notice them they are always beautiful.
- My favorite flavors of ice cream
- Getting hugs from people I care about.
- Offers of help without having to ask.
- Music, music, music. I can’t image life without it.
- Poetry that soothes my heart and brightens my imagination.
- Quiet moments at home when I can sit, meditate and hear nothing.
- Rain! It is one of my favorite things about nature.
- Showers. Few things feel so good you can talk about with just anyone.
- Indoor toilets (I was ten years old before we had one growing up).
- Fresh flowers. 98% of the time there’s a vase full in my home.
- My computer that allows me to write this.
- Laughing because it always makes me feel better.
- Air conditioning and central heat.
Begin your day by feeling grateful. Be grateful for the bed you just slept in, the roof over your head, the carpet or floor under your feet, the running water, the soap, your shower, your toothbrush, your clothes, your shoes, the refrigerator that keeps your food cold, the car that you drive, your job, your friends. Be grateful for the stores that make it so easy to buy the things you need, the restaurants, the utilities, services, and electrical appliances that make your life effortless. Be grateful for the magazines and the books that you read. Be grateful for the chair that you sit on, and the pavement that you walk on. Be grateful for the weather, the sun, the sky, the birds, the trees, the grass, the rain, and the flowers. From The Secret Daily Teachings
I am thankful to have learned about the great gift of being grateful. It has changed my life beyond my ability to explain it.
Gratitude is the memory of the heart.
Jean Baptiste Massieu