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When I first started looking into gratitude, I wasn’t expecting much. Sure, having more money can be pretty awesome, but because of hedonic adaptation we quickly get used to it and stop having as much fun and happiness as we did at first. This is why a five-minute a week gratitude journal can make us so much happier. A five-minute a day gratitude journal can increase your long-term well-being by more than 10 percent. Gratitude improves our health, relationships, emotions, personality, and career. This list of benefits was compiled by aggregating the results of more than 40 research studies on gratitude.It also kills our marriages – we get use to our amazing spouse (or kids, or job, or house, or car, or game).For example, spiritual individuals are more likely to feel a strong spiritual or emotional connection with others, and to believe in inter-connectedness.Both are prerequisites for feeling gratitude – someone who feels weak connections with others, and who believes in the illusion of self-sufficiency is unlikely to feel gratitude. I’m a lot better now that I’ve brought gratitude into my life, but I still spend way too much time thinking about myself, and too little thinking about others.

In five words – gratitude triggers positive feedback loops.We stop seeing as much positive and start complaining.It is a psychological imperative to fight hedonic adaptation if we want to maximize happiness. v=Dln Ob IFBCY4 I’m not suggesting that criticism and self-focus don’t have a place in the workplace, but I think we’re overdoing it.I expect this to change – because of my compassion and gratitude practices I am starting to have spontaneous urges to help others.This is because the very nature of gratitude is to focus on others (on acts of benevolence).

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