Robert A. Emmons, professor at the University of California at Davis and a pre-eminent positive psychologist, calls gratitude the “forgotten factor” in happiness research. In his book, Thanks: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, Emmons states the following, “Preliminary findings suggest that those who regularly practice grateful thinking do reap emotional, physical, and interpersonal benefits.” While that may not be news for philosophers, poets, or perhaps even you, scientists are relative latecomers to the thankfulness party. Better late than never! In the past few years, gratitude has become the subject of increased scientific study. As considerable as the emotional benefits of gratitude appear to be, there are initial reports that also demonstrate positive physical results. In a 3-week sampling of adults with a neuromuscular disease, a gratitude intervention resulted in greater amounts of energy, elevated moods, increased feelings of connection to others, and better sleep duration and quality, when compared to a control group.
What do you suppose that means for those of us not suffering from chronic illness? Perhaps we can reap health benefits from something as simple as a smile and a heartfelt thank you. Definitely something to think about!
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