X-Message-Number: 21558
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2003 05:27:45 -0700 (PDT)
From: Doug Skrecky <>
Subject: Count your blessings

From the Globe and Mail:

 A new study by researchers at the Universities of California and Miami
shows that people who consciously remind themselves every day of the
things they are grateful for show marked improvements in mental health
and some aspects of physical health, reports The Dallas Morning News. The
results appear to be equally true for healthy college students and people
with incurable diseases, according to research published in the Journal
of Personality and Social Psychology. Compared with groups of subjects
who counted hassles, such as "hard-to-find parking", grateful subjects
felt better about their lives and more optimistic. The college students
exercised more; the chronically ill adults reported sleeping longer and
waking up refreshed. Being grateful was also superior to its distant
cousin - seeing oneself as better off than others. people who took
pleasure in the troubles of others - Schadenfreude - had better mental
health than those who counted hassles, but worse than grateful people.

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