Gratitude is not corny. I sometimes think it is, but that’s just not so. One of the best things about having the show at Toby’s has been connecting with people I haven’t seen since COVID arrived. Yesterday I met up with people who’ve had a big, lasting influence on my life. I’d worked with two of them, and they supported my earlier career with advice, and letters of recommendation to graduate school. Grateful for that, though even more for the values they’ve embodied in their own lives and work — great role models for me when I was starting out. Most days I’m aware of my gratitude for where we live, for my husband, family, and friends. Today will bring it closer to my awareness, into my body, and not rush past it. As Stanford researcher Sonya Lyubomirsky says “gratitude is the antidote to negative emotions, a neutralizer of envy, hostility, worry, and irritation. It is savoring; it is not taking things for granted; it is present oriented.” It’s probably also the antidote to languishing, right?
The research on gratitude has found that in addition to helping us savor the good stuff, it also makes us feel better about ourselves, helps us cope with the bad stuff, encourages moral behavior, and more. Check out the link above to read up on all eight ways it can increase happiness and well-being.