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Gratitude = happiness

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Psychologists believe we could be happier by showing more gratitude. Make a “gratitude visit,” recommends Martin Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness and professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. It just might improve your life. Here’s how:

Pick a person in your life who has meant a lot to you and whom you’d like to thank.

Write a letter to that person.

Call the person, and ask for a visit after you write the letter.

Meet with the person, and read the letter aloud.

What does the exercise accomplish? According to Seligman, it helps make the difference between living a “pleasant” life and a “meaningful” life. Finding meaning through close relationships and other causes outside yourself brings more happiness and a better life.

Tip: If distance is an issue, call instead. If you hate to talk on the phone, simply mail your “gratitude letter.”

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