Gratitude is one of the most powerful ways you can form connections with yourself and with others. Here are a few ideas on how you can connect through gratitude:
- A Gratitude Visit – Deliver a letter of gratitude in writing or email to a person you are grateful to but have not thanked appropriately.
- Three Good Things – Write down three things that have gone well for you this week and an explanation of why those things happen and why you are grateful for them.
- Using Signature Strengths In a New Way – Use one of your best strengths in a new way every week.
- Three Funny Things – Write down three funny things you experienced or did this week, along with an explanation about why those things happened and what they meant to you.
- Counting Kindness – Count and report the acts of kindness you receive and offer every day.
- Gift of Time – Offer at least three “gifts of time” by contacting or meeting with three people about whom you care each week.
The Science Behind Gratitude
Why do these gratitude experiences boost happiness and alleviate depression? Scientists say that these techniques shift our thinking from negative outcomes to positive ones, eliciting a surge of feel-good hormones such as dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin, and help us build enduring personal connections.
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