An Experiment in Gratitude

An Experiment in Gratitude

Check out what I picked for this week’s top inspiring video:? Much work has been done in recent years on the science of happiness and one recurring finding is that expressing gratitude significantly increases our happiness.? Interestingly, the more specific we are about what we are grateful for the greater the increase in our happiness.

Try doing this practice this week.

1.?? ?Think about who in your life has been really influential.? Who has had the greatest impact? Who did something really amazing or important for you?
2.?? ?Write down as much as you can about why the person is so important to you.
3.?? ?Now call the person and read to them what you wrote. (If they have passed away then light a candle and read aloud what you have written.)
4.?? ?Feel the surge of happiness….

And be sure to let The Wisdom Daily community know about who you called and how it went.


Irwin Kula

Irwin Kula is the co-founder and co-executive editor of The Wisdom Daily. A rabbi, Irwin's writing has been featured in The Huffington Post and the Washington Post. He is the author of Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life and a co-editor of The Book of Jewish Sacred Practices. Irwin has appeared on NBC's The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The O'Reilly Factor and PBS Frontline. Irwin also serves as President of Clal, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a leadership training institute, think tank and resource center in New York City.

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  1. […] good.? We could say this more often, and even say it for one another. Studies have shown that gratitude practice increases your well-being. In our grace after meals, following the first blessing for the food we […]

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