This Holiday Season, Cop an Attitude... of Gratitude

December 29, 2014 3:36 PM

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With the media frenzy so focused on consumerism this time of year, it's easy to forget that the holidays are really about love and gratitude, not gift buying, nor gift receiving. It's a time of year to show appreciation for others, to reflect on your life, and to get clear about what you want your future to be like. But with so many messages bombarding us to "buy, buy, buy" and to "show your love through expensive gifts," it's no wonder that gratefulness has gone out the window and many people end up feeling depressed, empty, and inadequate.

The cure for these "holiday blues" is the simple act of gratitude. In fact, research shows that adopting an attitude of gratitude -- not just during the holidays but throughout the year -- has numerous mental and physical health benefits. For example, scientists have shown that being grateful reduce...

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