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Path to Well Being – Gratitude

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Gratitude fosters greater well-being. Current research supports this idea. Robert Emmons, a professor of psychology at UC-Davis and national expert on gratitude, notes that gratitude has encouraged others to embrace it as a virtue. Being grateful has been linked to strong and positive relationships. Gratitude is not an innate quality. We can cultivate it deeply in ourselves by making a list of things you may be grateful for, practicing more positive self-talk or keeping a gratitude journal. There is now a growing body of research that demonstrates the positive benefits of gratitude. For example, gratitude is linked to stronger and more positive relationships. Whether couples in a committed relationship or colleagues at work, expressing gratitude for the other person resulted in more positive feelings for the other person and more motivation to invest in the relationship. Positive Psychology blogger and life coach Amit Amin reviewed relevant research and identified 31 unique benefits of gratitude. These benefits occur across five dimensions of Well-Being – emotional, social, physical, career and spiritual. The ultimate benefit, however, is happiness. A deeper sense of gratitude leads to a greater sense of happiness and well-being. This is a powerful message at any age… and an invitation to us all.

Here at The Fountains, we will be showing gratitude this month by hosting a Mother’s Day Dinner and Memorial Day BBQ. We would like to take the time to show how grateful we are to mothers here in our community and to fallen soldiers of our country.

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