“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” – G. K. Chesterton
A few years ago, I came across Dr. Robert A. Emmons’ research, which states practicing gratitude can make you happier. I was very intrigued by the link between gratitude and happiness. So, I got a copy of his book, Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier, for further study.
Why do I like about this book?
1. This book is supported by scientific research that proves practicing gratitude can make you happier as much as 25 percent
2. This book includes a list of useful tips to practice gratitude.
The last chapter of this book is dedicated to the practice of gratitude. If you truly want to embrace gratitude as a way of life, apply 10 simple ways to practice gratitude outlined in this book. For example,
- Keep a gratitude journal: spend a few minutes every day to write down things and people that you are grateful for. The study shows keeping a gratitude journal for as little as three weeks can result in better sleep and more energy.
- Remember the bad: remind yourself a particular trying time that you went through. Remind yourself things could be worst.
- Use visual reminders: you can write a note with “GIVE THANKS” on it. Post this note at a visible place in your house to remind yourself to be grateful throughout the day.
3. Exercise gratitude in trying times
One chapter of this book is dedicated to describe how some of 9/11 survivors and hurricane Katrina survivors endured these trying times by embracing grace and gratitude.
How has practicing gratitude changed my life?
By keeping a gratitude journal, I focus on counting the blessings in my life.
I recognize my life is not perfect. However, I am overwhelmed by blessings life has bestowed on me. Gratitude journal also reminds me to focus on counting the blessings in my life instead of focusing on the things I don’t have in my life.
Practicing gratitude makes me happy.
One of my life purposes is to be happy. It is encouraging to know happiness can be easily attained by keeping a gratitude journal.
Writing thank you emails makes me and others happy.
I love sending thank you emails to my colleagues to congratulate them on a job well done, or to thank them for helping me with my work. I enjoy writing thank you emails because I feel the goodness radiating from my being when I write them. And the recipients of thank you emails always find a way to reciprocate in a relative short time.
I sincerely hope you will enjoy this book as much as I do. It is an easy read. Please leave us a comment and let us know how you like this book and how practicing gratitude changes your life.