Gratitude: It's Good for You!

I picked up a copy of LiveHappy Magazine when I was at the airport about a month ago - I was really really tired of reading about the same negative garbage over and over again, it's mentally exhausting. LiveHappy is self-explanatory magazine that is pretty jam packed with actionable tasks you can start immediately to start living a healthier and happier lifestyle. 

Something I picked up on that actually surprised my yeah-right-like-that's-supposed-to-work attitude was the notion of gratitude. It's easy, free, and 100% good for you and the people around you. 

Many Studies have revealed: Practicing gratitude really could make you live longer and better; there is a direct link between good health and giving thanks
— LiveHappy Magazine



The most critical component of gratitude is appreciation. Eastern Washington University Professor, Philip Watkins, Ph.D. says that, "appreciation can best be understood as when something increases in perceived personal value. Perceived value, and more importantly, increasing perceived value, is extremely important to gratitude."

Well there you have it! Evidence from a doctor! 

Giving a shit = more appreciation = better perception of your own life = better life