Gratitude Journal

The Greater Good Science Center states “Over the past two decades, studies have consistently found that people who practice gratitude report fewer symptoms of illness including depression, more optimism and happiness, stronger relationships, more generous behavior, and many other benefits”. Sign me up!!! If you only make ONE change in…

Gratitude Expands Generosity

It is difficult for me to separate gratitude and generosity. Personally, I believe both attributes are foundational beliefs that guide our actions. If I am grateful, then I naturally want to be generous. Generosity is interwoven into the fabric of my grateful attitude. Whether we are generous with money, time,…

Gratitude Begins With Thank You

Gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, meaning grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. Robert Emmons, a prominent researcher on gratitude, defines it as “a felt sense of wonder, thankfulness, and appreciation for life”. The application of these simple concepts of graciousness, wonder, thankfulness, and appreciation enhances our wellbeing. Sonja Lyubomirsky…

Placebo Response

The Placebo Response is a phenomenon where people react to inactive substances while believing they are receiving a curative drug or procedure. Years of research has validated that our expectations can be a potent therapeutic instrument. Respondents health may improve when a sugar pill is received and it is believed…

Pygmalion Effect

The Pygmalion Effect is based on others’ expectations about us and how those opinions modify our behavior.  It has been shown that when people have high expectations for us, our performance improves. Robert Rosenthal conducted research on how teachers responded differently towards students when they believed they were working with…

Affirmations For Future Success

Affirmation is a “think as-if” technique that briefly describes a positive outcome you want to achieve. Usually affirmations define a future desired result that is constructively stated. Examples of an affirmations are “I am healthy” versus “I want to be healthy” or “I am calm” versus “I need to calm…