April 10, 2014
Charlie Bird meets seals while travelling through Antarctica following the route of explorer Tom Crean’s final expedition alongside Ernest Shackleton aboard the Endurance in 1914-15. One of the more moving things I’ve seen in a while. We are connected. The animals know it, why don’t we?
Why Daily Grateful?
[grat-i-tood, -tyood] noun, the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful. In an article entitled In Praise of Gratitude,according to the Harvard Medical School,
Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.
Two psychologists, Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and Dr. Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami, have done a great deal of research on gratitude. Their research has concluded that gratitude do so much good because it, according to Dr. McCullough, “More than other emotion…is the emotion of friendship…It is part of a psychological system that causes people to raise their estimates of how much value they hold in the eyes of another person. Gratitude is what happens when someone does something that causes you to realize that you matter more to that person than you thought you did.” For more on gratitudinal research, click here. Also check out a great piece by Ocean Robbins on the neuroscience behind the benefits of gratitude click here.
Yours in Mental Hygiene,
The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness