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This Gives Me Hope
Hope is sturdy; instead of drowning in despair, it rolls up its sleeves and sets out to change things.
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6 Habits of Highly Grateful People

6 Habits of Highly Grateful People | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

Gratitude (and its sibling, appreciation) is the mental tool we use to remind ourselves of the good stuff. It’s a lens that helps us to see the things that don’t make it onto our lists of problems to be solved. It’s a spotlight that we shine on the people who give us the good things in life. It’s a bright red paintbrush we apply to otherwise-invisible blessings, like clean streets or health or enough food to eat.

 

Gratitude doesn’t make problems and threats disappear. We can lose jobs, we can be attacked on the street, we can get sick. I’ve experienced all of those things. I remember those harrowing times at unexpected moments: My heart beats faster, my throat constricts. My body wants to hit something or run away, one or the other. But there’s nothing to hit, nowhere to run. The threats are indeed real, but at that moment, they exist only in memory or imagination. I am the threat; it is me who is wearing myself out with worry.

 

That’s when I need to turn on the gratitude. If I do that enough, suggests the psychological research, gratitude might just become a habit. What will that mean for me? It means, says the research, that I increase my chances of psychologically surviving hard times, that I stand a chance to be happier in the good times. I’m not ignoring the threats; I’m appreciating the resources and people that might help me face those threats.

 


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Just in time for THANKSgiving. Thanks to Pamir Kiciman for scooping this.

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Tom Wojick's curator insight, November 22, 2013 1:58 PM

This is a great Thanksgiving Day article to read!

Larry Glover's curator insight, November 25, 2013 1:12 PM

A particularly good and useful Thanksgiving season article. 

Cath Daley's curator insight, November 28, 2013 9:49 AM

How having  the habit of gratitude can change your life...

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10 Easy Things That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science - The Mind Unleashed

10 Easy Things That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science - The Mind Unleashed | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

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Carma Lisa Arrendell's curator insight, January 25, 10:08 AM

I believe happiness is intrinsic. Material possession can bring happiness, yet it is short term. Here is an interesting article backed up by science. Note it includes exercise. A great way to cope is excercise and it releases endorphines.

Carma Lisa Arrendell's curator insight, January 25, 10:13 AM

I believe happiness is intrinsic. Material possessions can bring a bit of happiness, yet is fleeting. Note, exercise is included. It releases endrophins.

Carma Lisa Arrendell's curator insight, January 25, 10:20 AM
Lisa C. Arrendell's insight:

I believe happiness is intrinsic. Material possessions can bring a bit of happiness, yet is fleeting. Note, exercise is included. It releases endrophins.