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Gratitude Makes You Healthier, Happier and More Popular

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  • Only 1 in 3 Americans reports being “very happy” and nearly 1 in 4 experience no life enjoyment at all; practicing gratitude tops the list of strategies known to boost happiness and life satisfaction
  • Relationships tend to play a big role in your perception of happiness, and research has demonstrated gratitude is the single best predictor of relationship satisfaction. It also boosts your sense of pleasure in general
  • Experiments have demonstrated that getting in the habit of listing three things you’re grateful for each day results in considerable improvements in depression, sometimes in as little as two weeks
  • Gratitude triggers release of antidepressant and mood-regulating chemicals. It also improves emotional resiliency, all of which help combat stress
  • Gratitude also has many physical effects, including lowering blood sugar and blood pressure, improving cognition, reducing inflammation and pain, improving sleep quality and quantity, and improving heart health and immune function

By Dr. Mercola

Only 1 in 3 Americans reports being "very happy," and nearly 1 in 4 experience no life enjoyment at all. Fortunately, there's hope. Small changes in perspective and behavior can add up over time, and practicing gratitude is at the top of the list of strategies known to boost happiness and life satisfaction.


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