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Boulder, CO 80301

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2625 28th Street
Boulder, CO, 80301

303-953-8620

A Pockitude™ is a gratitude recorded in a pocket-sized journal. It’s choosing to focus on the better things, the things that remind you why it’s great to be alive. We all need consistent reminders of the good things, and writing them down as you see them is a great tool in your arsenal. The Pockitudes™ journal fits in your pockets and purses, so you can record your gratitudes as they come to you.

With a quick jot, you get a monumental shift on your outlook in life. We encourage you to write your gratitudes for just two weeks. See for yourself the benefits. See for yourself the change in your attitude. See for yourself how you will begin to discover the good in things, people, and places.

Join the happiness movement.

 

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Expressing gratitude makes us healthier

Frederic Terral

Gratitude journals, #grateful quotes, appreciation lists, oh my! Expressing gratitude seems to be a growing trend right now, but are these seemingly small practices of expressing gratitude enough to have an impact on our overall well-being?

New research by Stephen Yoshimura and Kassandra Berzins for the National Communication Association’s Review of Communication shows that, “Gratitude consistently associates with many positive social, psychological, and health states, such as an increased likelihood of helping others, optimism, exercise, and reduced reports of physical symptoms.”

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4 GRATITUDE PRACTICES THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Frederic Terral

1. Keep a gratitude journal.  Writing frequently in a gratitude journal is a wonderful way to begin your practice. Set aside a certain number of things to write down throughout the day. Don’t worry about being regimented, but look for the goodness in every situation, savoring every moment you have to reflect.

Consider: Who or what inspired me today? What brought me joy today? What brought me comfort and deep peace today?

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WHY IS GRATITUDE IN RELATIONSHIPS SO BENEFICIAL?

Frederic Terral

It's no secret that gratitude is good for us, whether we're on the giving or receiving end. Multiple research studies have confirmed that practicing thankfulness increases our life satisfaction and leads to strong relationships. It's not hard to understand why being thanked provides a boost since we all like to feel appreciated. But why is it helpful to be thankful, and what gratitude practices lead to the most benefit?

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THE SCIENCE OF A MEANING LIFE

Frederic Terral

In our fifth annual Top 10 Insights from the Science of a Meaningful Life list, practices that involve thinking of other people, such as keeping a gratitude journal or performing acts of kindness, were found to bring strong personal benefits, like a healthier heart or a better sex life. And practices that seem to focus on the self, such as mindfulness and self-compassion, were linked to benefits for others, whether by fostering moral behavior or making you a better parent.  

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NEURAL CORRELATES OF GRATITUDE

Frederic Terral

Gratitude is an important aspect of human sociality, and is valued by religions and moral philosophies. It has been established that gratitude leads to benefits for both mental health and interpersonal relationships. It is thus important to elucidate the neurobiological correlates of gratitude, which are only now beginning to be investigated. To this end, we conducted an experiment during which we induced gratitude in participants while they underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging. We hypothesized that gratitude ratings would correlate with activity in brain regions associated with moral cognition, value judgment and theory of mind. The stimuli used to elicit gratitude were drawn from stories of survivors of the Holocaust, as many survivors report being sheltered by strangers or receiving lifesaving food and clothing, and having strong feelings of gratitude for such gifts. The participants were asked to place themselves in the context of the Holocaust and imagine what their own experience would feel like if they received such gifts. For each gift, they rated how grateful they felt. The results revealed that ratings of gratitude correlated with brain activity in the anterior cingulate cortex and medial prefrontal cortex, in support of our hypotheses. The results provide a window into the brain circuitry for moral cognition and positive emotion that accompanies the experience of benefitting from the goodwill of others.  

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THE BENEFITS OF HANDWRITING VS TYPING

Frederic Terral

Comparing handwriting vs. typing, you’re more exposed to critical thinking when you write by hand than when you type. Handwriting allows you to think more thoroughly about the information you’re recording. It encourages you to expand upon your thoughts and form connections between them. This can be further enhanced by using different colored pen types as a color-coding system to organize thoughts and form more connections.  

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GRATITUDE PHYSICALLY CHANGES YOUR BRAIN

Frederic Terral

"...practicing gratitude seems to kick off a healthful, self-perpetuating cycle in your brain -- counting your blessing now makes it easier to notice and count them later. And the more good you see in your life, the happier and more successful you're likely to be. Or, as Jarrett sums up the research: "The more you practice gratitude, the more attuned you are to it and the more you can enjoy its psychological benefits."  

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BEING COMFORTABLE WITH FEAR

Frederic Terral

"I’m very comfortable with fear being a part of my life, every day. I think we’re not just always emerging, as in phases of our life when we have new challenges and new opportunities to creatively express ourselves; we’re actually emerging fresh in every moment. We’re always truly emerging." 

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THE SIMPLE JOY OF WRITING HAND

Frederic Terral

"Have you noticed that we are writing by hand less and less these days? Sometimes it’s just a signature with a blunt stylus at the grocery store, or your finger signing crudely on a credit card pay screen. Handwriting certainly looks like a dying form, as we type away merrily on our keyboards, responding to emails that fly off in all directions. Is this withering away of handwriting a problem? Or is it the inevitable unfolding of language forms evolving over the centuries, from oral to written to printed, and now electronic? Before we dash headlong forward, let’s slow down for a moment and consider the role that handwriting plays."  

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ATTENTION STUDENTS: PUT YOUR LAPTOPS AWAY

Frederic Terral

"When people type their notes, they have this tendency to try to take verbatim notes and write down as much of the lecture as they can," Mueller tells NPR's Rachel Martin. "The students who were taking longhand notes in our studies were forced to be more selective — because you can't write as fast as you can type. And that extra processing of the material that they were doing benefited them."

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Gratitude is Good for Your Health

Frederic Terral

Regularly practicing gratitude can help us cope with and recover from trauma, obstacles, and other negative events that crop up throughout our lives. This is probably due to the combination of a number of gratitude’s benefits: It improves our self-image, helps us feel connected to a support system, increases energy levels, and helps us create positive memories, all of which contributes to a sense of vitality and resilience.  Read more...

 

Why Being Thankful Is Good For You

Frederic Terral

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Expressing gratitude is a great way to build new relationships. In a 2014 study published in the journal Emotion, researchers had 70 college students think they were mentoring a high schooler. They were asked to send comments on a college admissions essay. The students then received a note from their mentee that either expressed gratitude or did not. The students who were thanked by the high schooler were more likely to rate them as having a warmer personality and more likely to provide the younger student with their personal information, like an email address.  Read more...

The Science Behind Gratitude...

Frederic Terral

...Any time she experiences a poignant moment of gratitude, she writes it on a piece of paper and puts it in a jar. On New Year’s Eve, she’ll empty the jar and review everything she wrote. When a good thing happens, she now exclaims, “That’s one for the gratitude jar!” It immediately makes the moment more meaningful and keeps us on the lookout for more.  Read more... 

Boost Your Health With a Dose of Gratitude

Frederic Terral

It's no secret that stress can make us sick, particularly when we can't cope with it. It's linked to several leading causes of death, includingheart disease and cancer, and claims responsibility for up to 90% of all doctor visits. Gratitude, it turns out, can help us better manage stress. "Gratitude research is beginning to suggest that feelings of thankfulness have tremendous positive value in helping people cope with daily problems, especially stress," Emmons says.  Read more...

The Importance of Gratitude

Frederic Terral

Those with a disposition towards gratitude are found to place less importance on material goods, are less likely to judge their own or others success in terms of possessions accumulated, are less envious of wealthy people, and are more likely to share their possessions with others.  Read more...

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7 Benefits of Creating a Gratitude Journal

Frederic Terral

In starting my gratitude journal it was amazing to me all of the little things I noted that brought me joy. The breath in my lungs. My heart beating. My pinky toe. A flower. Tiny particles reflecting the sun’s glow through my window. A bead of sweat dripping from my brow as I hold warrior pose. It has become a like a neat, endless Easter egg hunt of finding all of the little things to gather joy from.”

“In starting my gratitude journal it was amazing to me all of the little things I noted that brought me joy. The breath in my lungs. My heart beating. My pinky toe. A flower. Tiny particles reflecting the sun’s glow through my window. A bead of sweat dripping from my brow as I hold warrior pose. It has become a like a neat, endless Easter egg hunt of finding all of the little things to gather joy from.  Read more... 

By Exavier Pope

Tracking Happiness: the Benefits of a Gratitude Journal

Frederic Terral

You know that feeling of contentment right after Christmas? You’ve got a belly full of delicious food, you’ve spent just enough time with relatives, and now everyone has gone home and you can lay back, reflect on the day, and take a nap. That feeling of happy contentment is something most people only feel on certain occasions, but gratitude can change that. With gratitude, you can feel happy and content all the time. One of the world’s leading researchers on gratitude’s effects, Dr. Robert Emmons, believes that gratitude is simply happiness you recognize at a later date.  Read more... 

By Allison Vannest