“…One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, and with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”
Carl Gustav Jung (1875 – 1961)
Gratitude is a positive emotion. It comes with an ability to be grateful, thankful, appreciative – a life skill that can be learned and offered simply daily throughout our life.
Psychologist Dr. Robert Emmons, has demonstrated in his research and related in his book, Thanks!: How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier, “the evidence that cultivating gratefulness is good for you is overwhelming… Specifically, we have shown that gratitude is positively related to such critical outcomes as life satisfaction, vitality, happiness, self-esteem, optimism, hope, empathy, and willingness to provide emotional and tangible support for other people, whereas being ungrateful is related to anxiety, depression, envy, materialism, and loneliness.” For a summary of Dr. Emmons findings on gratitude read>> Gratitude and Well-Being.
What Am I Thankful For?
Dr. Emmons explains it only takes a few minutes a day to practice gratitude. Making “what am I thankful for” part of a daily practice will not only benefit you psychologically but physically, and interpersonally. He implies to simply begin thinking about 5 things we are thankful for everyday – we may choose to think, sing, write, email, text or voice message it – the key is to associate with gratefulness or being thankful and we have ignited the flame to gratitude.