Depending on how long you have been a subscriber or been following this blog, you will know that I have talked quite a bit about being Grateful and keeping a Gratitude Journal. My comments have been based on personal experience as well as what others have reported.
I found some scientific proof to back up these statements! People that have written in a gratitude journals at weekly intervals and also exercised on a regular basis, reported fewer physical symptoms, had a better disposition and felt better about their lives as a whole. They were also more optimistic about the upcoming week compared to those who recorded hassles or neutral life events!
You may say there are other things involved like exercise and THAT is the reason. Even so, I bet they both had a positive effect!
For some more light reading, check out: Emmons, R.A., & McCullough, M.E. (2003). Counting blessings versus burdens: Experimental studies of gratitude and subjective well-being. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 377-389