Many people across the world maintain a journal in which they write down the things for which they are grateful. It can be a really simple exercise such as writing down, each day, three things they are glad happened that day.
Habituating the thought pattern of searching for things to be grateful for, has been shown to provide both an immediate and lasting positive effect on happiness.
In a study published in 2012, positive psychologists Stephen Schueller and Acacia Parks tested this strategy in an online setting and found that the benefits lasted as long as six months. A small up-tick for six months in return for just five minutes of writing is a pretty good deal!
It’s a good idea to keep it simple and fun and keep your old entries too, you may be amazed too at the results of three minutes a day!
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