Cultivating Gratitude and Happiness

The day I learned that Gratitude and happiness go hand-in-hand. Who were those people that helped you become the person you are? I was approaching a milestone birthday, (my 60th) so, I decided to answer that question and did so, by sending thank-you letters to the various people who had helped me, and inspired me in my younger years: family, friends, teachers, mentors, co-workers, even a couple of former acquaintances and an ex. 

My recipients always appeared to be sincerely pleased to read the letters, however, what I never expected was the positive and profound effect the process was to have on me. My emerging research clearly showed me, that actively appreciating the people in our younger life, and also present, can lead to a lasting increase in your levels of joy.

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