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The Benefits of Gratitude
News Release : Nov 22, 2012 : Greater Good Science Center
". . . people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits . . ."
"Thank you" is an essential, everyday part of family dinners, trips to the store, business deals, and political negotiations. That might be why so many people have dismissed gratitude as simple, obvious, and unworthy of serious attention.
But that's starting to change. Recently scientists have begun to chart a course of research aimed at understanding gratitude and the circumstances in which it flourishes or diminishes. They're finding that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits:
? Stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure
That's why the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley?in collaboration with the University of California, Davis?is launching a $5.9 million, three-year project, Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude. The project is supported with funding from the John Templeton Foundation. The general goals of this initiative are to:
? Expand the scientific database of gratitude, particularly in the key areas of human health, personal and relational well-being, and developmental science
? Engage the public in a larger cultural conversation about the role of gratitude in civil society
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