Gratitude: An Ingredient for Happiness?

When things get busy and stressful, it can be hard to see the silver lining and we forget to notice the simple things in life that bring us joy.  However, expressing gratitude may contribute to happiness[1].  Expressing gratitude can take many different forms; simply noticing the little things in life may contribute to your happiness and well-being.

Here is what some Wellness Peer Educator team members wrote when asked what they were grateful for:

I am grateful for…

1)      Friends and family

2)      The strength of my friendships, it’s something I know I can rely on. This feeling of trust is indescribable

3)      The negative experiences because without them I would not have learned.  I am grateful for good friends

4)      Being able to study at this university and getting alternative education and information

5)      A painless wisdom tooth extraction that I had yesterday

6)      A loving boyfriend who takes care of me

7)      A recently new formed friendship 🙂

8)      Having a boyfriend who is also my best friend

9)      My relationships (friends, family, etc.)

10)   Food, family, friends, boyfriend; people who have my back. Yes, food has my back.

11)   The challenges and failures in my life

12)   Loving and caring family and friend network

13)   My education and all of the opportunities it brings

14)   My health

15)   Friends and family

16)   The support of my student clinicians and ND

17)   Working with others who share a similar passion

18)   Support from my family

19)   I’m really lucky to have supportive family members and friends to share my worries

20)   Cars! 🙂

21)   Getting a seat on the 99 b-line bus

22)   Remembering to bring an umbrella


What are you grateful for? Feel free to comment below!

[1] Emmons, R. A., & McCullough, M. E. (2003). Counting blessings versus burdens: an experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life. Journal of personality and social psychology84(2), 377.