The first group were asked to write down five things they were grateful for that had happened in the last week for each of the 10 weeks of the study. This was called the gratitude condition.
The second group were asked to write down five daily hassles from the previous week. This was the hassles condition.
The third group simply listed five events that had occurred in the last week, but not told to focus on positive or negative aspects. This was the events or control condition.
The types of things people listed in the grateful condition included:
Sunset through the clouds.
The chance to be alive.
The generosity of friends.
And in the hassles condition:
Hard to find parking.
Burned my macaroni and cheese.
Happiness up 25%
People who were in the gratitude condition felt fully 25% happier - they were more optimistic about the future, they felt better about their lives and they even did almost 1.5 hours more exercise a week than those in the hassles or events condition.
Gratitude - Spiritual Benefits
"He who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious" (D&C 78:19)
Luke 17:12-19 - Ten Lepers
Gratitude in our prayers - Challenge.
What is Gratitude?
Gratitude is more than just thinking, it is also behavior.
Law of Gratitude to Others from the Past
To whom in the past are you grateful? Someone who gave you a break, someone who cared about you, inspired you, believed in you, or someone who simply listened to you? Have you ever sought them out to thank them, perhaps just a phone call to say thanks?
Seek out opportunities to say thanks...blessing will come back to you.
Law of Gratitude to the who and now
For whom are you grateful for in your life right now? Have you let them know lately how much you appreciate them? If not, give the gift today!
The Law of Attitude
Gratitude is an attitude. The one thing we can always choose eachday, in any situation, is our attitude.
Therefore, we always have theability to choose an attitude of gratitude.
Law of Abundance
- One great benefit of a gratitude attitude is you become much more aware of the abundance you already have in your life.
- Another great and unexpected benefit of a gratitude attitude is that, with this consistent attitude of gratitude, you seem to be able to draw even more and more abundance into your life.
Law of Abundance 2
Author Stephen Glenn has this definition of abundance; “In terms of the population of the planet, you have abundance if, when you wake up each morning, you have: a choice of what to eat a choice of what to wear a job to go to a way to get there.”
The Law of Lacking
If we focus on all the things we want and don’t have, we wind up feeling lacking. Not a great state to be in.
The Law of the Blessed
When we focus on all the many things we need and want that we do have, we wind up feeling blessed. A pretty great state to be in.
Law of Focus
Have you ever noticed that what you consistently focus on tends to be what happens? I’ve also noticed that when we focus on what we lack, we tend to get selfish, looking out only for ourselves.
On the other hand, when we focus on our blessings, it’s much easier to look out for others as well as ourselves.
The Law of "Betcha"
I’ll “betcha” that if between now and next Thanksgiving season, you focus on developing a consistent, year round gratitude attitude, your life will be a whole lot better this time next year.