The University of Pennsylvania did a study on happiness that made the cover of Time Magazine a few years ago and found that gratitude was the secret of happiness. This is a concept we’ve been talking about in mental toughness training for over 20 years that’s finally being accepted by the academic community. I wrote about it in 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class, and in my new book, Coaching the 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class. So heres a critical thinking question for you: when was the last time you expressed your gratitude to someone who added value to your life? As it turns out, expressing gratitude is a win-win exercise in rooted in a love and adbundance philosophy. The person you’re thanking feels appreciated and you feel great for thanking him or her. How can you beat that! For more information on the U of Penn study, visit www.authentichappiness.com Dr. Martin Seligman headed up this study, and is the founder and leader of the positive psychology movement. Although positive psychology and critical thinking (mental toughness) sometimes clash, Dr. Seligmans books and research are worth there weight in gold. I’ll look forward to your comments. (5:09 )
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