Did you know showing gratitude makes you a happier person?
It’s the time of year where we take time out of our busy lives to pay appreciation for the things we have in our lives. It’s no surprise that when the holidays are here we tend to be happier and more grateful in our everyday lives. Did you know that showing gratitude actually makes you a happier person? Studies have shown that being grateful does amazing things for your mind, body, relationships, and your career.
“Gratitude reminds us that other people have helped us, and therefore we feel that emotion and we want to pay them back and go above and beyond. Gratitude is entirely about the future, not the past…when you feel grateful, it makes you willing to accept sacrifices to help other people, those who have helped you or even to pay it forward.” -David DeSteno
A Harvard study went out to prove that being grateful is associated with greater happiness. It allows you to feel more positive emotions which in turn can benefit your health and your relationships! In the study performed by two Psychologists, they had all of the participants in one group write about what they were grateful for that had happened in their week. The second group had write about their daily irritations or things that had displeased them. The third, and final group, wrote about things during their week that had affected them with no emphasis on positive or negative.
“After 10 weeks, those who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic, and felt better about their lives. Surprisingly, they also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation.”
In conclusion, trying to be grateful for what you have throughout the year instead of just around the holidays can greatly benefit your overall happiness. Gratitude is a way to appreciate what you already have instead of looking for happiness in something new. I know all of us at Dentistry for Families are grateful for each and every one of our patients that help us to thrive and succeed. Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
We are looking to give back to our community this holiday season and would like to adopt two families for Christmas. If you have a family in mind you think could benefit, write a brief summary of why, and please include how many people are in the family, and what ages the children are.
We will be providing these families with a Christmas meal and gifts from Santa. Please submit your narratives before December 10th to [email protected].
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