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Say Thank You, Thumper

Say Thank You, Thumper | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Everyone knows healthy relationships require effective communication, but are all communication strategies equal? Take Thumper's well-worn advice for instance: "If you can't say something nice don't say nuthin' at all." Is this really the way to go?

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donhornsby's curator insight, February 18, 2013 10:51 PM

(From the article): Gratitude, like Thumper’s greens, is a “special treat,” fortifying our relationships with vital nutrients. A daily dose of thankfulness may not make for “long ears and great big feet,” but it protects us from attitudes that poison our communication and threaten our personal well-being. Fortunately, no matter how long we have been suffering from a gratitude deficiency, it’s never too late to add it to our family’s daily diet.

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The benefits of gratitude

The benefits of gratitude | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

With science supporting the idea that being grateful is good for us, three personal stories illustrate the importance of the gift.

Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is in danger of becoming not much more than a starting gun for a race to the mall.

 

"We know there's a negative relationship between materialism and gratitude. That's pretty powerful right there," says Jeffrey Froh, a professor at Hofstra University on New York's Long Island. His research with more than 1,000 high school students showed that grateful teenagers were also less likely to be depressed, more likely to want to give back to their communities and more likely to have higher grade-point averages, among other traits.

 

But despite the benefits, gratitude is in trouble, says Robert Emmons, a UC Davis professor who has been studying gratitude since 1998 and is the author of the book "Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier.

 

"Outside of happiness, gratitude's benefits are rarely discussed these days," he says. "Indeed, in contemporary American society, we've come to overlook, dismiss or even disparage the significance of gratitude as a virtue."

 

"We have become entitled, resentful, ungrateful and forgetful."

 

Not all of us, says the Chicago Tribune as they report on their search for people who have learned the importance of cultivating gratitude in their lives.

Full story:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/la-he-gratitude-20121117,0,3159331.story 

 

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Teaching Timeless Etiquette

Teaching Timeless Etiquette | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Aunt Psych recently took a niece to her first ballet, where she was appalled to see people leaving during the final bow. What does this say about common courtesy?


"Employing common decency means thinking about other people, paying attention to the situation around you and setting a good example." writes Aunt Psych. "I think it might possibly all come down to one word: gratitude.


"A person who is grateful for the people in their lives, the experiences they encounter and the opportunities that come their way, are not the people who cut in line to get ahead, spray you with food because they are talking with their mouth full or slamming the door back in your face because they couldn’t be bothered to hold it for you, to name a few of my pet peeves."

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