We all know we’re supposed to count our blessings. Well now scientists are proving that this practice not only makes us happier, but also healthier.
According to research from at the University of California, keeping a gratitude journal, a diary in which people take the time to count their blessings once a week, boosts levels of happiness. A group of subjects who kept a gratitude journal significantly improved their satisfaction in life, whereas a control group who didn’t keep a gratitude journal experienced no increase in life satisfaction.
Another study found that people who took time each day to write down three things that went well and why were less depressed and happier for up to six months later.