I found this little excerpt on the "Psychology Today" website:
"Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has—as opposed to, say, a consumer-oriented emphasis on what one wants or needs—and is currently receiving a great deal of attention as a facet of positive psychology. Gratitude is what gets poured into the glass to make it half full. Studies show that gratitude not only can be deliberately cultivated but can increase levels of well-being and happiness among those who do cultivate it. In addition, grateful thinking—and especially expression of it to others—is associated with increased levels of energy, optimism, and empathy."
(You can find it here: http://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/gratitude)
Apparently there is something in this whole thankfulness business! I am usually the last one to jump on bandwagon ideas, but this is one I can get behind. So here goes a few things I am thankful for:
- My family (who appreciates and supports my love of books and libraries:-))