Gratitude is the key to happiness

Gratitude is the key to happiness

By LEE DYE for ABC World News

If you make a list of the most important words in the English language, be sure to include the word “thanks” near the top.

Researchers at several institutions have come up with evidence that simply showing gratitude may be among the most powerful — and underused — forces in our lives. It can strengthen relationships, and make us happier and more satisfied with our lives.

That sounds like a high order for what seems like a simple gesture, but there is compelling evidence that expressing gratitude regularly can change a person’s life.

And while you might believe that showing thanks is a personality trait and thus difficult to change, some scientists, including psychology professor Robert Emmons of the University of California at Davis, believes we can all learn how to do it better.

“It is a [psychological] trait,” Emmons said via e-mail, “but unlike something like extraversion-introversion, it is not fixed in one’s biological makeup…

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