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How to Be Grateful

Cultivating gratitude can improve your life, rewire your brain, and influence those around you. Here’s how to get started.

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You might be one “thank you” away from a much better mood. Science (and celebrities—just ask Oprah.) have proven time and again that gratitude may be the closest thing we have to a silver bullet to a better life. Read on to explore how gratitude works, how to make giving thanks a way of life, and why the return on investment is so enormous.

How Gratitude Works

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How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain

Joshua Brown, Joel Wong Greater Good Magazine

Research is starting to explore how gratitude works to improve our mental health.

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Choose to Be Grateful. It Will Make You Happier.

Arthur C. Brooks The New York Times

In a nutshell, acting grateful can actually make you grateful.

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Two Words That Can Change Your Life [WATCH]

Tanmeet Sethi TEDxRainier

In this thought provoking talk, Tanmeet Sethi shares how the overlooked value of gratitude can have surprising health and medical benefits.

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How Cultural Differences Shape Your Gratitude

Kira M. Newman Greater Good

Americans say thanks a lot, but other cultures may have a deeper understanding of gratitude.

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Two Sides of Gratitude

The New York Times

Readers respond to Barbara Ehrenreich’s essay about “gratitude’s rise to self-help celebrity status.”


How To Get Started

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How To Make Gratitude a Way of Life

Richard Gunderman Fast Company

Gratitude can be difficult to practice, but you can gain a lot from making it an everyday part of your life.

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How to Be Thankful For Your Life by Changing Just One Word

James Clear

This simple switch flips your perspective for the better.

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The Best Wellness, Gratitude, and Happiness Journals, According to Therapists and Journalers

Chloe Anello The Strategist

There’s really no wrong way to journal, according to our experts, but “sometimes a blank page can be really intimidating,

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How to Raise Grateful Kids in an Era of Thankless People

Thomas Lickona Time

If you’ve been trying to make kindness part of your family culture and there’s still a lot of complaining, it’s time to take further steps to teach and practice gratitude.

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Use Gratitude to Counter Stress and Uncertainty

Christopher Littlefield HBR

“Gratitude is an emotion that grounds us and is a great way to balance out the negative mindset that uncertainty engenders.”

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4 Small Ways to Practice Gratitude Every Day

Carolyn L. Todd Self

Now seems like as good a time as any, right?


Gratitude in the Wild

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Column of Light

Larissa Pham Gay Mag

Thoughts on gratitude.

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A.J. Jacobs Thanked One Thousand People For His Morning Coffee—He Likes It That Much

Mary Kaye Schilling Newsweek

the “Great Coffee Gratitude Trail,” a project that has become his sixth book, Thanks a Thousand,

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How Writing 365 Thank-You Notes Helped Me Reconnect with What’s Important in My Life

Gina Hamadey Reader’s Digest

Instead of scrolling through my phone on my commute, I decided to thank people.

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I Skeptically Tried Practicing Gratitude. It Completely Changed My Life.

Leslie Turnbull The Week

What if “happiness” could be actively learned?