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Discover the healing power of expressing gratitude

Bob Roth | Special to the Jewish News | Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 11:51 am

Six months ago, when Americans celebrated Thanksgiving, it is likely that most of us acknowledged the blessings of a good life. At the midway mark, I ask you, how often have you expressed gratitude since then? According to a 2011 Harvard Mental Health Letter, people who routinely express gratitude sleep better, go to the doctor less often and show less depressive symptoms. It is amazing how many positive correlates there are to gratitude. So many, in fact, that you’d think we’d all be chasing after it all the time. So why aren’t we?

I would like to help you consider cultivating gratitude with a novel approach. In the paper “Headwinds/Tailwinds Asymmetry,” social scientists Shai Davidai and Tom Gilovich assert that most of us are missing a vital component of gratitude – the aptly named “invisibles.”

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