Philip Watkins, a professor of psychology at Eastern Washington University, has been conducting research on gratitude since 1996. He has done studies to measure “the three fundamental traits of grateful persons”: sense of abundance, enjoyment of simple pleasures and appreciation of others.
“The opposite of a grateful person is someone who has a sense of entitlement and high expectations of others,” Watkins said. “They always feel that life is coming up short and that they are not getting what they deserve. They exhibit a kind of narcissism.”
Though the science to measure the effects of gratitude may be new, its importance has been noted for centuries. Cicero, the great Roman orator, called gratitude “the parent of all virtues,” the world’s religious traditions have long emphasized the spiritual benefits of a grateful heart.
It’s free to anyone, team. Being grateful brings us so many benefits! Let’s make it daily, momently, lovingly, now. Thank you to reporter Don Lattin for bringing gratitude front and center in the media: Where it should be!
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