Yesterday I introduced the idea of a Month of Thanksgiving, and invited you to spend a month focusing on gratitude.
Robert Emmons at UC Davis is a gratitude researcher. Highlights of his research on gratitude and thanksgiving include:
In an experimental comparison, those who kept gratitude journals on a weekly basis exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole, and were more optimistic about the upcoming week compared to those who recorded hassles or neutral life event.
So for the next month I’m going to make a point of always having a notebook with me to make notes about what I’m grateful for.
That’s not a stretch for me. I’m usually carrying a notebook and pen anyway. Maybe you’d rather make notes on your cell phone? Or maybe you’d like to make this exercise special by buying a notebook you will use just for recording what you’re grateful for and why?
However you do it, are you willing to commit to recording the moments when you are grateful for the next month?