Four Ways Gratitude Helps You with Difficult Feelings

Research suggests that grateful people are more skillful at coping with stress and regulating their emotions.   Feeling grateful can bring us a variety of benefits, including better mental and physical health and improved relationships. We tend to think of gratitude as an emotion we experience when things are going well, one that is closely associated[…]

Gratitude Exercises for the Holiday Season

Thanksgiving presents us with a great opportunity to increase our feelings of gratitude for everything in our lives. This is wonderful for our stress levels as well as our relationships, our life satisfaction, and our overall health. The focus on gratitude that surrounds Thanksgiving is particularly good for us because it reminds us of how easy it[…]

Ways to Stop Dwelling on Negative Thoughts

When something’s bothering you, you know that getting your mind off of it is easier said than done. In fact, research shows that when people are instructed not to think about a specific topic, it makes it even harder to get that topic out of their minds. But rehashing negative thoughts over and over in your head,[…]

Five Ways to Help Teens Think Beyond Themselves

Part of finding your purpose is connecting and contributing to something larger than yourself.   Teens can seem self-centered sometimes, can’t they?   Of course they can; they’re still supposed to be developing the capacity to see beyond themselves. They can also seem to lack a strong sense of purpose—and that’s not surprising either, because[…]

Five Ways to Raise a Grateful Child

Gratitude is more than behavior—it is also an internal experience, one that we can help children cultivate.   Would you like to raise a thankful child?   If so, you’re not alone. Parents’ desires to raise children who are happy, healthy, and, yes, grateful are documented in countless website postings, TED talks, and parenting guides.[…]