Our director, Malissa Morrell, once wrote an article for KSL.com about the power of gratitude. Sure, it’s easy to think about what you’re grateful for during the holidays, when all the world (or at least, all of North America) seems to be counting their blessings, planning family get-togethers, and preparing huge feasts.
Maybe you’ve experienced the awkward requirement of publicly announcing your gratitude before you’re allowed to eat the turkey. Maybe you’ve seen several thousand #blessed proclamations online — usually when someone is experiencing exceptionally good fortune but wants to appear humble. Maybe you’ve heard Oprah singing the praises of gratitude. She’s just one of many teachers, celebrities, and gurus who advocate doing so, and for good reason — research tells us that creating a habit or ritual of gratitude is one of the best ways to improve happiness, well-being, and health. However, developing a gratitude habit or practice is where the researched benefits come in, which means we must extend our thanks-giving through the whole year.
In the KSL article, she mentions a researcher out of UC Davis in California — Robert Emmons, He’s considered one of the world’s foremost researchers on gratitude, and has found some interesting results from his studies. Although a “daily gratitude intervention” (such as a gratitude journal) appears to bring the best benefits, finding time for thankfulness weekly or even monthly is better than none at all.
Like so many things, gratitude is good for us, but it can be difficult to keep the momentum going. That’s why we love helping clients develop that skill. We use creative techniques and projects to keep you grounded in gratitude, and it’s amazing the benefits you’ll see from developing the habit!
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