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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Gratitude and the Family Bring Happiness

Harvard, Stanford and Cornell studies have shown that the factor that most increases a person's happiness is whether or not he spends a few moments each day contemplating whatever it is he is grateful for ... maintaining, in other words, a gratitude journal.

Read more posts on this blog about happiness here.

Now researchers at the University of Texas have come up with data indicating that it is also the family that is a great predictor of happiness. CBS News brings this story:

For Happiness, Seek Family, Not Fortune

Money might buy happiness for some, but for most people having strong family ties is a much bigger predictor of contentment than income, a new study show.

When researchers analyzed data tracking married people over a decade, they found that while income did contribute to happiness up to a point, the quality of family relationships was much more important.

The study is one of the first to examine the impact of economic and family changes over time. Read more.

Photo: Cape Verde

1 comment:

  1. In my experience there is nothing like family - good family relationships - to bring happiness.

    Also, there is nothing like family trauma or heartache to create emotional havoc.

    Best to work on keeping the bonds strong and investing in the people closest to us. As always, there is nothing like an ounce of prevention, and there's nothing like building good things for the future. When it comes to family, it pays off.

    Thanks for that entry!