Brian Braudis’ 1-Minute Morning Memo: June 27, 2016 – Today’s focus: Gratitude can see us through the worst of troubling times

Personal Psychology

Your personal psychology is the one thing that we can incorporate daily that will negate the negative.

Research shows us the value.

1. Practicing gratitude opens doors. A 2104 study published in Emotion revealed that thanking people opens the door to ongoing relationships.

2. Grateful people experience fewer aches and are more proactive about their health according to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences.

3. The practice of gratitude is a boon for mental heath and leads to reduction in toxic emotions such as envy, resentment, frustration and regret. Research by Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces sadness.

4. Gratitude improves self-esteem. According to a 2014 study in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, gratitude increases self-esteem, which is an essential component to optimal performance.

5. Gratitude helps you come back quicker. A 2003 study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that gratitude was a major contributor to resilience following the terrorist attacks on September 11.  Focusing on what you have to be grateful for, even during the worst times cultivates resilience.

It’s simple to do and cost nothing and yet it is one of the most powerful things we can do for ourselves. No need to wait for a Holiday. Let’s practice and spread gratitude right now.