The Gratitude Challenge: Does Expressing Thanks Every Day Make You Happier?

August 23, 2014 1:51 PM

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The Gratitude Challenge: Does Expressing Thanks Every Day Make You Happier?

In an interview with author Gretchen Rubin, author and University of Houston research professor Brené Brown said, "I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness -- it's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude." Brown's philosophy wasn't wrong, at least not according to research. Studies show that the more you express thanks, the happier you are.

So with that in mind, I made a vow to myself to write down what I was grateful for every day for 10 days. The whole point of this endeavor was to put figurative money where science's mouth is. Does writing down what you're thankful for truly make you happier? The honest truth is, I'm still waiting t...

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