The Secret to Happiness!

Gratitude!

Could this be the secret to happiness? Dr. Martin Seligman has done extensive research on happiness, and has found that more than anything else, cultivating a sense of gratitude, can increase well-being and lower depression. Dr. Seligman suggests a couple of exercises. I have been doing the “Three Blessings” exercise and have found it really puts my day in perspective. I urge you to try it.

In Dr. Seligman’s words:

We think too much about what goes wrong and not enough about what goes right in our lives. Of course, sometimes it makes sense to analyze bad events so that we can learn from them and avoid them in the future. However, people tend to spend more time thinking about what is bad in life than is helpful. Worse, this focus on negative events sets us up for anxiety and depression. One way to keep this from happening is to get better at thinking about and savoring what went well.Dr. Seligman also recommends an exercise called the “Gratitude Visit,” which you can see in this touching video.

I hope you take the chance to try one or both of these exercises. You will be amazed at the results.

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