Category Archives: Happiness is The Way

The Amazing Healing Benefits of Gratitude » The Event Chronicle

If you’re alive and reading this, you have something to be grateful for. That’s great news! This post will give you support in practicing gratitude on a regular basis, so you can better heal yourself, while lowering stress and anxiety, enhancing your sleep, and improving your relationships.

The Healing Benefits of Gratitude

You may not realize that something as simple as expressing gratitude—something that costs nothing and takes very little time—can have such an impact on your health. Yoga Masters have been teaching for centuries that gratitude is a key component of a happy, balanced and healthy life, but it’s nice to see that it’s in alignment with modern findings. A comprehensive look at gratitude and its effects [1] showed that when you routinely appreciate others or even just the positive parts of your life, you can experience:

  • Less aggression [2]
  • Heightened feelings of altruism, empathy, warmth, a greater desire to treat friends, family, and strangers with more kindness (you may even set off a chain of random acts of kindness!) When someone does something nice for you, you’ll be inspired to pay it forward [3]
  • Reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety, and more optimism [4]
  • More trust in others
  • Extra intrinsic motivation to do and achieve more [5]
  • More satisfaction from relationships (romantic relationships also get a boost from gratitude!) [6]
  • Better ability to deal with criticism/less sensitive to others’ negativity
  • Better sleep
  • Lowered likelihood of developing a drug or alcohol problem
  • Lowered risk of eating disorder (thanks to a healthier body image)
  • Quicker recovery from post-traumatic stress

The review suggests that there could actually be a causal relationship between gratitude and well-being. That means increasing gratitude could directly enhance many different aspects of your life, most notably your health. Could there be an easier, or more inexpensive way to enhance both your happiness and health? (Okay, sometimes gratitude can be challenging when you’re feeling down—especially in the beginning–but with practice, it becomes much easier, I promise!) Training yourself to think this way only takes a few minutes at a time, per day or even per week. Eventually, it will help shift your whole perspective on life in a much more positive way.

What Is Gratitude, Really?

That seems simple enough to answer, right? You can feel gratitude when someone helps you out, but being thankful isn’t always related to another person. Are you thankful for your warm clothes in the winter, even if you purchased them yourself? What about your meals, even if you’re the one who has to prepare and cook them?…

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The Key to Success According to Thich Nhat Hanh

by Christina Sarich; UPLIFT

There is no way to happiness; happiness is the way. – Thich Nhat Hanh Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Zen Buddhist master, Thich Nhat Hanh has a very different theory about why our ecosystems are dying and our financial systems are crumbling. The Vietnamese monk credited with bringing mindfulness to the…

via The Key to Success According to Thich Nhat Hanh — Prepare for Change

Can’t buy happiness? Mental health is strongest predictor of contentment, study says — RT – Daily news

The phrase “money can’t buy happiness” may actually be true, according to a new study. The research found that mental illness and failed relationships are more damaging to a person’s contentment than poverty. Read Full Article at RT.com

via Can’t buy happiness? Mental health is strongest predictor of contentment, study says — RT – Daily news

Happiness Rising: Out of a World of Conflict and Noise — Imagination and Intrinsic Motivation are Key — Stillness in the Storm

Image Source.(Stillness in the Storm Editor) This is a short yet inspiring piece by Jon Rappoport about developing happiness in our world of confusion and darkness. We are programmed to think happiness is a goal, that we need something outside of ourselves to achieve it. We are told that happiness is financial success, that it…

via Happiness Rising: Out of a World of Conflict and Noise — Imagination and Intrinsic Motivation are Key — Stillness in the Storm

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