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World Gratitude Day

World Gratitude Day
grat·i·tude -ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/
  1. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
    "she expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support"
    synonyms: gratefulness, thankfulness, thanks, appreciation, indebtedness; etc.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” —Albert Einstein

World Gratitude Day is celebrated annually on the 21st September, so let me first say thank you for reading and thank you for your interest in Swell. According to gratitude researcher Robert Emmons, gratitude is just happiness that we recognize after-the fact to have been caused by the kindness of others. Multiple studies have shown that gratitude induces pro-social behavior. Surprise, surprise: gratitude actually feels good. Yet only 20% of Americans rate gratitude as a positive and constructive emotion (compared to 50% of Europeans). Positive emotion improves health. The details are complicated, but the overall picture is not – if you want to improve your health, improve your mind. Not only that, but gratitude also increases sleep quality, reduces the time required to fall asleep, and increases sleep duration. I don't know about you, but I am always looking for more effective ways to get to sleep at night. Though this is not an advertisement for showing thanks, I feel a bit like an infomercial -- but wait, there's more! Gratitude generates social capital – in two studies with 243 total participants, those who were 10% more grateful than average had 17.5% more social capital. Gratitude makes us nicer, more trusting, more social, and more appreciative. As a result, it helps us make more friends, deepen our existing relationships, and improve our marriage.  So take today to thank those you encounter, for anything and everything.  We could all use a little more thanks in life -- that's our Swell Vision.

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” —Dalai Lama


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