Positive psychology: the incredible effects of gratitude exercises

Previously, psychology focused mainly on the treatment of mental health problems.

It was only in the 90s the scientific question came up with the positive psychology for the first time, after that, what’s to prevent people from depression and makes you happy.

A particularly important role of increased mental strength – as, for example, gratitude.

A well-trained eye for the Good in life that is, on various levels, far-reaching, positive consequences.

With gratitude to better health

Robert Emmons, Professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, is one of the leading minds in the research field of positive psychology.

He is not sure Who will make it in the long term, a grateful attitude benefit of life, take only mentally, but also physically.

With his research results, he was able to prove that practiced gratitude brings with it both on a psychological, social as well as physical level, many benefits.

Thus, grateful people are not only more optimistic, and stress-free through your life, but also sleep better, move more, eat healthier, feel less lonely and to benefit overall from a more powerful immune system.

Gratitude is a matter of Practice

In his book”Thanks!: How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier” presents Emmons, a whole series of different Exercises in order to train in a grateful attitude to life.

Probably the most important tip is to keep a gratitude diary.

According to him, those who kept daily five things for which you were in your life grateful to be cut off, in terms of your health and your Mindset is much better, than those who waived the written part of the Hold.

By the way, it doesn’t matter how big or small the things, facts, or circumstances for which you show gratitude. From the delicious coffee to the Breakfast, the nice customer phone call, to the great friend you always can count on, anything is possible.

Helpful for getting started The 6-minutes can be a “diary“ of the Berlin Startups ‘UrBestSelf’. In loving treatment, you will be motivated for three minutes each in the Morning and three minutes in the evening to more mindfulness.

Because that is what it is all about: to give The positive sides of life so much mindfulness that ultimately it could be virtually anything else, than to feel grateful.


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