According to the field of “Positive Psychology,” the scientific study of emotions such as gratitude, optimism, forgiveness, happiness, compassion and altruism — and the conscious cultivation of these emotions — fortifies us during times of adversity, leading to greater happiness and resilience. Of all the attributes one can develop, however, gratitude is most strongly associated with positive mental health.
Gratitude relates to our ability to feel and express thankfulness and appreciation.
Cultivating an attitude of gratitude has been shown to improve physical, emotional, and social well-being, create a greater sense of optimism and happiness, improve feelings of connection in times of loss or crises, increase self-esteem, improve energy levels, expand the capacity for forgiveness, decrease stress, anxiety, depression and headaches, improve self-care and heighten spirituality, or the ability to see something bigger than ourselves.
How can we cultivate gratitude?
This Acu-Minute has been adapted from an article by By Dr. Randy Kamen
As an avid supporter of all things ecological and sustainability-oriented, and based on my desire to be more proactive in this direction, I created another blog called Earth For All Ages. This weekly publication focuses on choices we can make, using our individual “Power of One” to benefit ourselves while protecting the planet. My trip to Cancun renewed my commitment to this work.