According to a study* conducted by Robert Emmons, Ph.D., professor of psychology at UC Davis and the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, and the Greater Good Science Center at University of California, Berkeley, exhibiting gratitude can:
· add up to 7 years to your life,
· improve your mental and physical health by 10%,
· and make you 20% more generous.
As you can see, being grateful isn’t just good for you, it’s good for the world. Dr. Emmons hypothesizes that gratitude “moves recipients to share and to increase the good they have received.” In this way, thanks leads to giving.
This holiday season we challenge you to get out there and help share the element of gratitude. Need a few ideas?
1. Send free, customizable gratitude grams from elementofgratitude.org. Make sure to send more than one! It’s fun and a great way to tell people what you’re thankful for and start a chain reaction of gratitude. http://www.elementofgratitude.org
2. Sign up for the HAPPY THANKS-leads-to-GIVING DAY thunderclap before November 27, 2014. This thunderclap will deploy a message of thanks AND giving to Facebook, Twitter, AND Tumblr on Thanksgiving. http://thndr.it/1pWtLIC
3. Take part in #GivingTuesday on December 2, 2014, a global day of giving. http://www.givingtuesday.org
4. ADD MORE OF YOUR OWN IDEAS!
So what are you waiting for? Go share what you’re thankful for and give a little!
So I can give thanks and appreciation to those I love while at the same time live longer and increase my generosity? Well that is just too easy to not take part. Please, take part in the movement, it doesn't take more than one minute. Log on to elementofgratitude.org and make your personal gram!
You can find me on the wall too. Here's a shot of my message. You can visit the wall, my Facebook page or my Instagram to see what I wrote!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone and know I am thankful for all my readers too!