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How Grateful Are You? Take The Test

How Grateful Are You? Take The Test

“Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.”
 ~ Christiane Northrup, MD

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, did you know that giving thanks can be beneficial to the health of both the giver and the recipient? The positive virtue of giving thanks is an expression of gratitude. It is an acknowledgment that expresses kindness.

According to a Wall Street Journal article written by Melinda Beck, “A growing body of research suggests that maintaining an attitude of gratitude can improve psychological, emotional and physical well-being.” The article claims that thankfulness and gratitude can be cultivated to change thought patterns. This can dramatically affect mood. Here are the findings:

Adults who frequently feel grateful have more:

  • energy
  • optimism
  • social connections
  • happiness

Adults who feel grateful are less likely to be:

  • depressed
  • envious
  • greedy
  • alcoholics

Adults who are grateful are more likely to:

  • earn more money
  • sleep more soundly
  • exercise more regularly
  • have greater resistance to viral infections

Kids who feel and act grateful tend to:

  • be less materialistic
  • get better grades
  • set higher goals
  • complain of fewer headaches and stomach aches
  • feel more satisfied with their friends, families and schools than those who don’t

Is it difficult to show gratitude? Apparently a certain amount of self-reflection is needed. It requires the individual to be aware of their limitations. The act of being grateful has greatly helped those impacted by terror attacks and natural disasters.

Can people learn to be grateful? About 50% of gratefulness is genetic. The rest comes from experience. This proves that people can learn to be more grateful.

How can you cultivate gratefulness? Count your blessings and record what you are grateful for. Take a “gratitude visit.” Tell loved ones and others that you are grateful. Psychiatrist Drew Ramsey says this is particularly helpful during the holidays, “Giving thanks for them helps you deal with the craziness that is part of every family.”

Can gratitude be a cure for materialism? “In an upcoming paper in the Journal of Happiness Studies, Dr. Froh and colleagues surveyed 1,035 high-school students and found that the most grateful had more friends and higher GPAs, while the most materialistic had lower grades, higher levels of envy and less satisfaction with life.”

Want to find out how grateful are you in your everyday life? Take the TEST.

It turns out I am extremely grateful. Happy Thanksgiving To All!

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.

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12:27PM PST on Dec 25, 2012

I'm grateful. Yet never as grateful as I should be.

2:52AM PST on Dec 2, 2010

great article - thanks

12:31PM PST on Nov 30, 2010

Thank you.

5:49PM PST on Nov 29, 2010

Thank you for sharing this article!

2:03PM PST on Nov 29, 2010

Thanks!

7:17AM PST on Nov 29, 2010

I feel everything happens for a reason and scored 40.

8:37PM PST on Nov 28, 2010

Blessings! Great article, thank you.

9:00AM PST on Nov 28, 2010

wonderful article!

12:49AM PST on Nov 28, 2010

Thanks for the article.

3:14PM PST on Nov 27, 2010

My score was 37 It said Very High Gratitude
I am very grateful for everything in my life

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