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Happy New Year 2016!!!!

8 GREAT BENEFITS OF EXPRESSING GRATITUDE EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR!!!!

1. Improves Your Attitude: Expressing gratitude makes you feel more positive and optimistic, which can reduce stress and help improve your overall mental fortitude.

2. Builds stronger relationships: A simple "thank You" lays the groundwork for a stronger relationship, whether you're expressing gratitude to a loved one or to a stranger. Saying 'thanks' is a way to acknowledge a person for their help, which encourages them to feel special.

3. Improves Your Mental Health: The next time you feel upset or frustrated, write down what you're thankful for. Studies show that expressing gratitude helps you to deal better with your emotions and may even reduce depression.

4. Enhances Your Physical Health: Studies show correlation between gratitude and health. Put simply, people who are thankful tend to be healthier. Not only do they exercise more frequently and visit the doctor for their annual checkups, but thy report feeling healthier as well.

5. Boosts Your Self-Esteem: Taking stock of what you're grateful for helps you maintain perspective and makes you less likely to compare yourself to others.

6. Promotes Better Sleep: Jotting down what your are thankful for each day boosts your mood and reduces your stress, which can help you sleep better at night.

7. Increases Your Empathy for Others: Gratitude may make you more sensitive toward other people's feelings. Studies show grateful people are less likely to resort to retaliation when they experience negativity from others'.

8. Spreads Happiness: Gratitude positively impacts your overall well-being, making you happier and more satisfied with your life.

WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GRATITUDE? Check out these 3 Insightful Books...

Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier

By Robert Emmons, Ph.D.

Gratitude: A Way of Life

By Louis L. Hay, a series of essays

Gratitude: A Journal

By Catherine Price, a way to keep inspired with quotes and writing prompts

* Source: Forbes: 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude That Will Motivate You to Give Thanks Year-Round, November 23, 2014.