Keep a Gratitude Journal (according to Dr. Andrew Weil, author of “Spontaneous Happiness”)by Carolyn Classen on Mar. 12, 2012, under Health, Life
Dr. Andrew Weil, founder of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, spoke on Sunday March 11 at the Tucson Festival of Books. The lines were so long to get into the UA Student Union’s South Ballroom for his 10 a.m. speech that I was afraid I wouldn’t get in, and I had arrived 25 minutes before his talk.
Dr. Weil recently published a new book entitled “Spontaneous Happiness: Your 8-Week Plan to a Lifetime of Emotional Well-Being” and in his talk on Sunday he revealed several tips on becoming happy (happier?) and overcoming depression. Read his book to find out more, but he did lecture about social isolation fostering depression, that affluence tends to equal discontent, that we need to strive for “contentment” over happiness.
And he did give a tip to the several hundred people lucky enough to get in to his talk that a study showed that keeping a Gratitude Journal for a week helped boost the mood of the participants for 6 months. Not sure how that was recorded, so I’ll have to read his book to find out as well.
Here’s my example of a daily Gratitude Journal (to do at the end of each day). He told us just write down what you were grateful for. So I did it for yesterday:
1. good weather on Sunday for the Book Festival
2. free McDonald’s smoothie sample (mango/pineapple)
3. lots of interesting new authors to listen to
4. entertaining circus/trapeze act at the finale
5. my good health
So try it for a week and let me know the results. I’ve been practicing an Attitude of Gratitude for a few years now, especially when I feel low and out of kilter with my daily life, but keeping a Gratitude Journal may be more beneficial and pragmatic.
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