“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” Charles Dickens
Studies in positive psychology show that when we deliberately promote gratitude it increases our well-being and happiness. In addition, expression of it to others is directly linked with increased energy, optimism, and empathy. Who wouldn’t want these results?
Recognize what you’re grateful for, acknowledge it, and appreciate it. If you need some guidance here are several apps/websites that specialize in fostering gratitude:
- ThankfulFor.com: A website to publicly post what you are grateful for. You also can set up a private online gratitude journal.
- Gratitude Journal for iPhone, Gratitude Plus for iPad: encourage you to write at least five good things daily, add photos, and rate the day.
- Red Stamp: This iOS app will send personalized cards and notes any way you like: email, text, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
Claim responsibility for your own gratitude and become a catalyst for positive change in the lives of others.
Who will receive gratitude from you this holiday season?
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