8 Ways Gratitude Boosts Happiness

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  1. Promotes the savoring of positive life experiences. Relishing and taking pleasure in the gifts in your life raises your awareness and experience of satisfaction and enjoyment in your current circumstances.
  2. Boosts self-worth and self-esteem. Realizing how much others do for you and how much you have accomplished helps you feel more confident.
  3. Helps in coping with stress and trauma. Gratitude helps to positively reinterpret stressful or negative experiences.
  4. Encourages moral behavior. Grateful people are more likely to help others and show compassion.
  5. Builds social bonds. Cultivating gratitude helps in experiencing a sense of connectedness.
  6. Inhibits invidious comparisons with others. If you’re genuinely thankful and appreciative for what you have, you’re less likely to envy others.
  7. Deters or diminishes feelings of anger, bitterness, and greed. Gratitude is incompatible with negative emotions.
  8. Prevents the tendency to take things for granted. Cultivating gratitude thwarts the hedonic adaptation that often happens over time after something exciting and new enters our lives. 

Source:  The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky

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