“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust
A very, very quick post today, but I just had to share. I happened across a tidbit from researcher Sonja Lyubomirski, who randomly assigned study participants to either:
(a) write down things they were grateful for once per week
(b) write down random things once per week. Six weeks later, the “gratitude group” was 25% happier than the “random stuff” group. Oh my. That’s significant. Now I have to go find the study to read all the details…but it was intriguing.
We seem to think we don’t “have time” to do the things we know we could do to make ourselves happier and healthier. But come on! Five things, once a week. It takes longer than that to complain that you don’t have time to write down five things…
And what if you REALLY went crazy and actually told some of your “charming gardeners” that you appreciate them and why? Ta-da! Gratitude spread.
Try it and see – I bet you’ll get the same results as the Gratitude Group.