September 30, 2016
For over a decade, the Professor of Psychology at UC Davis, Dr Emmos, has researched the positive effects of gratitude on people’s lives. His studies view gratitude as a practical tool to achieving better function in one’s life, instead of as an academic discipline. This is done through emotional self-regulation, a skill which promotes the ability to control happiness levels.
Dr Emmos claims that those who practice gratitude can improve their levels of happiness by 25%. Those who write gratitude journals for three weeks, for example, can improve their happiness levels for a period of up-to six months. Other health benefits such as better sleep are also a by-product of practicing gratitude.
Those who practice gratitude by being aware of the positive influences in their lives are generally happier and more content. In fact, their problem-solving skills and cognitive abilities seem to improve, as shown through tests. Their lives are healthier in terms of their chosen lifestyle. They have more successful and rewarding relationships, are more optimistic, and even increase their longevity.
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