Happy Friday! I stumbled upon this article a few days ago and think it's pretty interesting...if you have a free moment, definitely check it out;
And if you don't want to read the whole article, maybe just take a peek at my favorite part:
"1. Gratitude allows us to celebrate the present. It magnifies positive emotions.
Research on emotion shows that positive emotions ware off quickly. Our emotional systems like newness. They like novelty. They like change. We adapt to positive life circumstances so that before too long, the new car, the new spouse, the new house—they don’t feel so new and exciting anymore.
But gratitude makes us appreciate the value of something, and when we appreciate the value of something, we extract more benefits from it; we’re less likely to take it for granted.
In effect, I think gratitude allows us to participate more in life. We notice the positives more, and that magnifies the pleasures you get from life. Instead of adapting to goodness, we celebrate goodness. We spend so much time watching things—movies, computer screens, sports—but with gratitude we become greater participants in our lives as opposed to spectators."
It's like it was written just for me :)