Can Gratitude Boost Happiness?

Thanksgiving is coming up soon, with reminders to be grateful for what we have. Did you know that gratitude can be an active skill that you can use to improve your quality of life in multiple arenas? It's like a muscle that can be exercised and strengthened, with big benefits! 

Positive psychology research consistently finds that gratitude is correlated with increased happiness. If you want to cultivate this quality, gratitude journaling is a practice that is proven to get results. This is a practice of writing down things you are thankful for, which can allow for more savoring and noticing of the positive parts of your life! You can also do a version of this out loud with loved ones; some create a ritual of sharing daily gratitude at dinnertime. 

Gratitude is also crucial to the health of relationships. A 2015 study by the University of Georgia found that "spousal expression of gratitude was the most consistent significant predictor of marital quality." It can make such a difference to feel appreciated. 

At Connections Counseling, we created a shared clinical practice in order to support each other in what can sometimes be an isolating profession. We are grateful for each others' support so that we can do our best work in connecting with clients, as well as helping clients connect to their own resources and strengths on their journey to wellness.

Stacy Sheridan