According to a survey just out of Fox News, 96% of American voters feel recognizing this Thanksgiving – 79 per cent of us tell a pollster feel “very grateful.”

This is good news. According to a raft of new empirical studies in the discipline of “positive psychology”, gratitude is good for you.

Take, for example, a study by Hofstra Professor Jeffrey j. Froh and colleagues published in the April issue of the journal of happiness studies. (Yes, we really have a whole magazine dedicated to the study of happiness in this great country of ours!)

In “Gratitude and the reduced costs of materialism in Adolescents,” Froh and colleagues surveyed 1,035 students and found this recognition “single predicted” best results measured: plue weighted average, life satisfaction, social integration and less envy and depression. “Materialistic youth seems to be depressed, while grateful youth appears to be thriving,” the authors conclude.

It is not fair that people with a better life have more to be grateful. Two pioneers in the field of the study of gratitude, Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough, random people to one of three groups: a group called recording their daily (or weekly) hassle and expenses; a group has applied to the list of things that they should be grateful for; and a neutral witness group. Those who focus on the plu reported gratitude “positive affect” – i.e., happiness – than those who focus on their problems. This was even true of a special sample of people with neuromuscular disease.

And while all the gratitude is good, gratitude to God is powerful, according to a new study in the September issue of the journal of Positive Psychology. Professor of Harvard Medical School David Rosmarin and his colleagues compared religious gratitude to other forms of gratitude and concludes: “religious gratitude added unique variance to predict mental well-being, beyond general recognition.” This suggests that are grateful to God improves the psychological benefits of gratitude. ?

Recognition can be inherently religious emotion – be grateful, is to acknowledge that our I whiny, wish, is not, in fact, the Centre or the source of the universe. Froh Hofstra faculty page, he said, as his favourite quote on this thought of the book of G.K. Chesterston “orthodoxy”:

“We thank people for the cigars birthday gifts and slippers.” Can I thank for the birthday person? ?

One of the things I am grateful for is the anniversary of an American, born in a country which, before it, was a nation, celebrated the feast of Thanksgiving.

Canadians have it and in Liberia, established by freed American slaves, famous it. Whalers brought Thanksgiving Australia Norfolk Islands, where it is still celebrated. Grenada has a day of Thanksgiving, but it celebrates the American invasion of Grenada under President Ronald Reagan who was released from this small island of a despotic sovereign. The Japan has “Labor Thanksgiving Day” at the end of November, established by national decree in 1948 to celebrate the new constitution of the second world war and the expansion of the rights of workers and human rights. The Japan, it seems to have evolved into an opportunity for rallies public labor, not for family holiday private gratitude.

This is something typically American.

Peoples from around the world celebrate the harvest with feasts, but hardly anyone else has a national tradition of setting aside one day a year to thank God for all our blessings.

One day a year that person was not yet understood how market correctly: come together, ask the blessing of the Lord, eat Turkey and stuffing, watching football and just be grateful.

To do this, I am really grateful.

(Maggie Gallagher is the founder of the national organization for marriage and is a columnist for 15 years).

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