Around Thanksgiving, I wrote an article for KSL.com about the power of gratitude. Sure, it’s easy to think about what you’re grateful for at that time of year, when all the world (or at least, all of North America) seems to be counting their blessings, planning family get-togethers, and preparing huge feasts.
Maybe you’ve experienced the awkward requirement of publicly announcing your gratitude before you’re allowed to eat the turkey. Maybe you’ve seen several thousand #blessed proclamations online — usually when someone is experiencing exceptionally good fortune but wants to appear humble. Maybe you’ve heard Oprah singing the praises of gratitude. She’s just one of many teachers, celebrities, and gurus who advocate doing so, and for good reason — research tells us that creating a habit or ritual of gratitude is one of the best ways to improve happiness, well-being, and health. However, developing a gratitude habit or practice is where the researched benefits come in, which means we must extend our thanks-giving through the whole year.
In my KSL article, I mention a researcher out of UC Davis in California — Robert Emmons, He’s considered one of the world’s foremost researchers on gratitude, and has found some interesting results from his studies. Although a “daily gratitude intervention” (such as a gratitude journal) appears to bring the best benefits, finding time for thankfulness weekly or even monthly is better than none at all.
Like so many things, gratitude is good for us, but it can be difficult to keep the momentum going. That’s why I will be offering a monthly gratitude group through 2017. In this group, we’ll use creative techniques and projects to keep us grounded in gratitude, and will see what benefits come from developing the habit!
More information is available through The Therapy Studio’s calendar. Hope you’ll join us!