This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.
It’s official: Giving thanks isn’t just a feel-good exercise. It actually has positive, tangible payoffs.
According to a study funded by the National Science Foundation, people who feel grateful for help are more likely to provide help to others. (That could explain why poorer folks give a higher percentage of their income to charity than wealthy ones.)
But giving thanks is also good for the givers. They’re less envious and resentful, they sleep better, exercise more and may even experience lower blood pressure, reports Robert Emmons, a psychology professor at the University of California, Davis, and author of “Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier.”
So keep that in mind as you give thanks today. You’re not just being grateful; you’re a force for good in the world and for yourself.
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