Attitude of Gratitude Leads to Better Health

Hugging Gratitude

Celebrating Thanksgiving can be more than a fulfilling time with family: Being thankful can actually be good for your health, according to years of research on happiness by psychologist Michael McCullough, a professor of psychology at the University of Miami in Florida, and Dr. Robert Emmons, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis.

The benefits of expressing gratitude range from better physical health to improved mental alertness. People who express gratitude also are more likely to offer emotional support to others.

Highlights from the Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness are available at

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