The pursuit of wealth and power has been shown in dozens of studies to be a highly inefficient method of increasing well-being and happiness.
To be sure, if your income doubles you will be slightly happier.
While in a grateful mood, we will feel gratitude more frequently, when we do feel gratitude it will be more intense and held for longer, and we will feel gratitude for more things at the same time.
The actual gratitude produced during those five minutes is small, but the emotions of gratitude felt during those five-minutes are enough to trigger a grateful mood.
xo Amy Over the last year and a half, I have felt consistently happy. Sometimes, the best thing for you to do for yourself and your bliss is to sever a friendship that brings you down.
Said differently, material success is not a very important factor in the happiness of highly grateful people.When this person calls to complain about their day, be clear at the start that you can only talk for 10 minutes, then you have to run. Avoid the coulda-woulda-shouldas- always talk to the other person before cutting her off completely.When you go to work and see the girl that pressures you into happy hours, tell her you have other engagements and that you’re really cutting back on your alcohol consumption for health reasons. You’ll still see her at work, but now you won’t have to play the game outside of 9-5. THIS WEEK, I’M NOT CHALLENGING YOU TO FIRE YOUR FRIENDS. When I first started looking into gratitude, I wasn’t expecting much. Sure, having more money can be pretty awesome, but because of hedonic adaptation we quickly get used to it and stop having as much fun and happiness as we did at first. This is why a five-minute a week gratitude journal can make us so much happier. A five-minute a day gratitude journal can increase your long-term well-being by more than 10 percent. Gratitude improves our health, relationships, emotions, personality, and career.