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5 Ways to Foster Gratitude All Year Round

Ever feel like you don’t have enough? You’re not alone. In this era of Insta-bragging, Facebook envy and Keeping Up with the Kardashians, many of us consciously or unconsciously compare ourselves to friends, neighbors and even celebrities – then beat ourselves up for not having as much as they appear to have. Fortunately, there’s a powerful antidote to comparing and despairing: gratitude. According to UC Davis Psychology Professor Robert Emmons (who also happens to be the world’s leading expert on the science of gratitude), cultivating an attitude of gratitude can increase happiness levels by as much as 25 percent while also encouraging self-esteem, hope, empathy and optimism. Here are five easy ways to foster a sense of gratitude in your home this Thanksgiving – and all year round: Count Your Blessings It’s often easy to overlook the small things in life we should be grateful for. Writing a daily list…

The Financial Case for Gratitude

Thanksgiving gives us a wonderful opportunity to reflect on all the gifts we’re blessed with: health, family, food on the table, a career, a home…the list goes on and on. But what you may not realize is that being thankful can actually make a positive impact on your financial situation. When it comes to our finances, many of us have a tendency to “compare and despair” – meaning we obsess about what we don’t have, and beat up on ourselves for not having as much as our family members, neighbors or friends. But a daily practice of being thankful for all you do have has been proven to stave off overspending and help you save. Here are four ways that adopting an attitude of gratitude can help you build wealth. You’ll Stop Comparing Yourself to the Joneses or the Kardashians It’s easy to get caught in the trap of thinking…