You might be one “thank you” away from a much better mood. Science 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.
With the rise of managed health care, which emphasizes cost-efficiency and brevity, mental health professionals have had to confront this burning question: How can they help clients derive the greatest possible benefit from treatment in the shortest amount of time?
Recent evidence suggests that a promising approach is to complement psychological counseling with additional activities that are not too taxing for clients but yield high results. In our own research, we have zeroed in on one such activity: the practice of gratitude. Indeed, many studies over the past decade have found that people who consciously count their blessings tend to be happier and less depressed.