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Empathetic Joy, Gratitude and Genuine Happiness

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Eve Ekman brings you a brief talk on empathetic joy, gratitude, and genuine happiness.Sometimes we may need something inspirational and a few words of motivation to get us through challenging times.

When we recall times we are thankful, we may feel a sense of uplifting joy. Gratitude is a simple and powerful practice. Research has shown that if we reflect nightly on the things we’re grateful for (something small like a beautiful day, or something greater like our family or relationships that matter to us), that this kind of reflection and even writing of our gratitude can improve our overall sense of happiness and well-being.

Just the simple practice of gratitude requires a level of awareness- a mindful attention towards the things that are working, as opposed to looking at what is stressful, what is difficult and what is hard. This is in fact working against our biology; we are primed to look at what is difficult and to experience and predict what might be negative, so that we can learn and avoid having those events in our life.

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