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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits

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Five Very Big Things I’m Grateful for This Year.

November 24th, 2015

Episode 171 of 399 episodes

Ancient philosophers and contemporary scientists agree: gratitude is a critical element to a happy life. Research shows that people who cultivate gratitude get a boost in happiness and optimism, feel more connected to other people, are better-liked and have more friends, are more likely to help others—they even sleep better and have fewer headaches. Nevertheless, I find it…challenging to cultivate a grateful frame of mind. I find it all too easy to fail to appreciate all the things I feel grateful for—from pervasive, basic things like democratic government and running water, to major, personal aspects of my life such as the fact that my two daughters rarely fight, to little passing joys, like a warm fall day. I get preoccupied with petty complaints and minor irritations, and forget just how much happiness I already have. So for this Thanksgiving, I decided to take a moment to think about what’s happened in my life since last Thanksgiving, to set aside a moment for thankfulness. And boy do I have a lot to be thankful for. So much! 1. My husband’s hepatitis C is cured! First, and by far biggest: My husband’s hepatitis C is cured! I will never stop being thankful for that, I’ll never ...

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