This week, if we are tempted to get drawn into the hype of 'Black Friday' shopping, that day when people rush to the shops for a 'one off' deal only available during a 24 hour hour period, it might be helpful to remember that research shows our happiness doesn’t come from acquiring new things.
Our well being and happiness is strongly associated with generosity and gratitude.
I am often struck by stories of generosity and joy from people who have very little in poorer countries, but who genuinely appreciate life.
Studies of people who practise habits of gratitude and volunteering have also shown that they have better psychological and mental health and increased longevity.
So this week especially I'm going to focus on gratitude and joy by fixing my thoughts on good things, particularly what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to express my huge gratitude to all those people who volunteered to help us with our video filming last week – you know who you are, and may you be truly blessed this week :)
Only a short blog today, but in the new year we will be delivering some online information and webinars about how we can be more in control of our own happiness. If you'd like to hear about when we release these and ways to join and download resources for free, then register Here and we'll let you know more in a few months.
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