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How can writing a thank-you note make me happier?

Want to feel a whole lot happier? Right now? Then grab a pen and a thank-you card, and share some gratitude with someone.

When a group of students wrote a series of one-page thank-you letters over an eight-week period, measurements showed that their baseline happiness levels increased by 20%.

Science says that happiness is 50% genetic, 10% circumstances and 40% intentional activity (i.e., what you do). With so much happiness attributed to your own actions, it makes sense to do things that make you feel good. For the study, that meant the students expressed gratitude in writing, and their happiness increased with each letter. Every month, try writing a couple of thank-you notes to people who did something nice for you.

Seeing the world through the rose-colored lenses of appreciation and thankfulness can help boost feelings of life satisfaction and overall well-being. And that is great for your health.
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