Samara O'Shea

A “Thank You” a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

I came across this article yesterday. It features ten practices that science (as opposed to philosophy) says will improve your well being. I can attest to all of them! I haven’t mastered each of them yet, but I recognize that not worrying about money and not comparing myself to other people will improve my mind matters greatly. I am pleased to say that I’ve got a few of them down already—notably number 8. This little rule suggests journal writing AND letter writing in one. Can I say I told ya so =)

8. Say Thank You Like You Mean It

People who keep gratitude journals on a weekly basis are healthier, more optimistic, and more likely to make progress toward achieving personal goals, according to author Robert Emmons. Research by Martin Seligman, founder of positive psychology, revealed that people who write “gratitude letters” to someone who made a difference in their lives score higher on happiness, and lower on depression — and the effect lasts for weeks.