Apparently, according to one of the results of a study conducted by Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., from the University of California, regular gratitude can actually increase happiness by 25 percent.
This editor in chief of the Journal of Positive Psychology reveals the secrets of the importance of someone to be grateful. And the results show, with lots of gratitude and positive thinking, it can actually have an effect on both health, enthusiasm, and relationships with partners.
In his study, he observed the relationship between happiness and one's health condition. In this research, the research team asked the respondents to fill a diary for 10 weeks. This diary contains five things they are grateful for that happened last week.
The result, 25 percent of respondents were happier than before. They also showed a more fit body condition than people who were less grateful for what they experienced.
"We have studied more than a thousand people, from ages 8 to 80 years, and found that people who practice consistently a feeling of gratitude are reported to bring many benefits," wrote Robert A. Emmons in his article published at www.dailygood.org.
There are 3 strengths as part of the impact of gratitude on each person. Namely physical, psychological and social impacts. Physically, many people who are grateful will have a strong immune system, lower blood pressure and sleep longer and feel more refreshed after waking up.
Psychologically, many grateful people have positive emotions, are more alert, more optimistic and easily happy. "And socially, he is helpful, generous, and loving to others, and is not easy to feel lonely," Emmons said.
Before this research, Allah SWT had given his promise to people who were grateful. "Surely if you are grateful, surely We (Allah) will add (favor) to you, and if you deny (My favor), then My punishment will be very painful". (QS: Ibrahim: 7). (*)