Happy Thanksgiving to all ya’alls!!
It turns out that saying “thank you” (or simply “thanks”)—or expressing gratitude by any other means—can provide an immediate, gratifying, and even sustained boost of happiness.
The research comes from Martin Seligman, Ph.D., the director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and the author of the forthcoming book, The Hope Circuit. Seligman and his team asked 411 participants to perform a variety of so-called “happiness interventions,” or tasks believed to boost happiness levels. In one intervention, participants were asked to write thank-you letters to people from their past and then hand-deliver them. According to Seligman, the folks who completed this task continued to float on a happier altitude an entire month later.