Being grateful is linked to well-being
Miami Herald - June 19, 2003

Count your blessings. You may find yourself sleeping better and exercising more.

People who remind themselves daily of their blessings show marked improvements in well-being, reports the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

College students were asked to keep either a weekly report of five things they were grateful for or a daily diary expressing gratitude for things that had gone well. Adults with incurable diseases kept a daily ''blessings''' diary.

Compared with similar groups told to count hassles, the grateful groups felt better about their lives. The students exercised more; the chronically ill adults reported sleeping longer and waking up refreshed.

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