In this latest chapter of our new book, Snap Strategies for Couples: 40 Fast Fixes for Everyday Relationship Pitfalls, Dr. Pepper and I talk about all the benefits of gratitude, both inside and outside yourself. Enjoy this, another free sample!
Gratitude is the best gift you can give yourself and everyone around you. Recently, scientists found that the inward and outward expression of thankfulness leads directly to happiness. And since we believe it takes two happy people to make one happy relationship, it is important to learn how to be grateful.
Gratitude is a skill you can learn to increase your happiness and your partner’s. And happiness is a goal the world over. So if simple acts of gratitude lead you to happiness in yourself and in your relationship, why wouldn’t you make the effort to practice it?
Gratitude is another opportunity to create endorphins for your partner and yourself. In the late 1990s, psychologist Martin Seligman, University of Pennsylvania professor and author of Authentic Happiness, Learned Optimism, led studies focusing on happiness as something to be learned, not something people are born with. Seligman has said, “As a professor, I don’t like this, but the cerebral virtues—curiosity, love of learning—are less strongly tied to happiness than interpersonal virtues like kindness, gratitude and capacity for love.” Gratitude, or being thankful for your life and for those around you, leads to happiness, and all you have to do is learn to be grateful and intentional and practice thinking of yourself as grateful and happy.
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