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Why Gratitude Makes Us Cry

July 13, 2012 in Evidence, Uncategorized

Why is it that at the moment we feel overwhelmed with gratitude, we cry?

Too often and at any given moment in life, too many of us feel that something is wrong, bad or missing from our lives. That gap draws our attention and unfortunately doesn’t bring out the best in us when we are trying to fill it. Instead, we frequently come off as needy, hurt, demanding and/or entitled. Or even worse, we anticipate that our request or need will be rejected or ridiculed and that makes us appear even more brittle or rigid when we are making that request or looking for that help, assistance or caring. And that brittleness can trigger a reciprocal discomfort in the other person, which takes the conversation to an even more awkward place.

If, however, we are met with gratitude (especially from someone who doesn’t give it as seen in the “As Good As It Gets” video clip) or with deeply tender and long-sought-after caring (as seen in the “Field of Dreams” video clip), and for a moment the gap is eliminated and along with it the deep ache, the feeling of completeness and wholeness causes us to tear up with relief.

Gratitude Log

July 13, 2012 in Evidence, Grateful in April, Practical Ideas, Uncategorized

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Gratitude Game by My Brain Solutions

July 13, 2012 in Evidence, Practical Ideas, Uncategorized

In Expressions of Gratitude, create a ‘constellation’ of gratitude by creating a star for something you are grateful for. Share your gratitude stars with others through email or through FaceBook.

Attitude of Gratitude

July 13, 2012 in Evidence, Uncategorized

Adults who feel more gratitude are more likely to have increased feelings of well being; higher levels of happiness, and lower levels of depression and stress (e.g. McCullough et al., 2004).

Regularly expressing what you are grateful has been shown to boost psychological wellbeing. Positive effects from just one expression of gratitude have been shown to last for up to 2 months (Froh et al (2011). Psychological Assessment.).

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