Harvard Business School prof Francesca Gino on the benefits of gratitude

Francesca Gino studies negotiation and decisionmaking at Harvard Business School. But in her recent post for the HBR Blog Network, she takes up the benefits of showing gratitude. It's a terrific post, and here's a taste:

Failing to express gratitude when we can is a missed opportunity for at least two reasons. First, feeling grateful has several beneficial effects on us: gratitude enables us to savor positive experiences, cope with stressful circumstances and be resilient in the face of challenges, and strengthen our social relationships. Psychological research [PDF] has shown that writing letters of gratitude once a week over a six-week period leads to greater life satisfaction as compared to simply recording ordinary life events.

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