By: Hannah Heitz
Gratitude is not only beneficial for the recipient, but also for the person expressing gratitude. Although it may sound trite, there is robust research to back up such a claim. Studies have shown that individuals who kept daily or weekly notes of what they were grateful for had a significantly increased positive affect. Focusing on the happy events of the day and recording three items you are grateful for can create a positive glow for the whole day.
This Thanksgiving, as you spend time with those you love and take a moment to give thanks, think about little ways to express gratitude throughout your daily life beyond this holiday season. If you are unsure where to start, try writing down three things you are grateful for before going to bed or write a letter to someone you are grateful for in your life.