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The LRJ Foundation believes understanding emotions and what impacts our feelings is worth talking about; let’s dive into gratitude.
Although the study of gratitude within psychology began around the year 2000, the experience of gratitude has historically been a focus of several world religions. It has also been a topic of interest to ancient, medieval, and modern philosophers and continues to engage contemporary philosophers. Studies have found that giving thanks and counting blessings can help people sleep better, lower stress, and improve interpersonal relationships. Earlier this year, a study found that keeping a gratitude journal decreased materialism and bolstered generosity among adolescents.
In another study from August, high school students who were asked to keep gratitude journals also reported healthier eating. There’s also some evidence it could lower your risk of heart disease and lower symptoms of depression for some people.
Psychologist Laurie Santos, who teaches a course on the science of well-being and happiness at Yale, says gratitude is one of the practices that really wins out from the field of positive psychology,” she says because it takes very little time, and “the benefits are so powerful.”
LRJ’s lead mental health professional, Vanessa White Fernandes, shares some inspiration on gratitude in this 2-minute clip. We invite you to tune in for a breakdown of gratitude and how the daily practice can shape your well-being and create a more thankful tomorrow.
Besides, we made it easy to start a daily practice gratitude list; please download the journal below. As always, our hope is you choose to make today better than it was yesterday.
Gratitude Video clip, click here.
” I Am Thankful” fill-in gratitude journal, download here.
I am thankful for each visitor here that decides to take a moment and make mental health a part of their day.
Thank you for allowing me to lead with love and support.
Teressa Ruspi, Executive Director/ CO-Foundation LRJ Foundation
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