Sunday, February 10, 2008

Choosing Simplicity.... Living a life of gratitude

Count your many blessings name them one by one.
Being a grateful person has many benefits.

Research (as read in Thank You Power by Deborah Norville, done by Robert Emmons of the University of California-Davis and Micheal McClulloghhas of the University of Miami) has shown that people that make a conscious effort to live gratefully exhibit the following:

*They felt better about their lives as a whole
*They were more optimistic
*They were more energetic
*They were more determined
*They were more interested
*They were more joyful
*They felt stronger about handling challenges
*They exercised more (nearly an hour and a half more per week)
*They had fewer illnesses
*They got more sleep
* They were more likely to have helped someone else
*They were perceived by others as more generous and helpful
*They were less envious of those with more possessions
*The were less cluttered
Other studies have found:
*Clearer thinking
*Better resilience during tough times
*Higher immune response
*Less likelihood of being plagued by stress
*Longer lives
*Closer family ties
*Greater religiousness

I want all that!!!! Choosing Simplicity sounds like living a life of Gratitude!!!!!


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