Thanksgiving and Veteran's Day are coming up this month which means it time to start thinking about the things that we are grateful for.   Every year we challenge you to think about some of the things that you are thankful for.  Here is the research behind gratefulness, as well as our challenge to you.  We will be working on our Gratitude Challenge with the kids during our Veteran's Day Camp on Friday, November 10th. Adults and Teens we encourage you to do a gratitude challenge, as well.  

Positive Psychology 

A refreshing change occurring in this field is positive psychology. “Positive psychology is an umbrella term for the study of positive emotions, positive character traits, and enabling institutions” (Seligman et al., American Psychologist, 2005).

Six virtues established by positive psychology are: wisdom and knowledge, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence. These virtues are not new. In his utopian work The Republic, Plato explored how man could best obtain wisdom and how a just soul paralleled a just society.

 Research indicates that doing exercises such as the one below can bring greater levels of life happiness. 

Gratitude Letter or Video

Gratitude is a wonderful feeling of thanks that, when expressed, brings positive emotions to both initiator and recipient. To experience this for yourself, pick someone who has been kind and helpful to you, but has not heard your personal expression of thanks.

  • Write a gratitude letter to the person you pick, expressing your gratitude and why you are grateful in specific and concrete terms.
  • OR make a gratitude video for the person, expressing why you are grateful in specific ways for them.
  • If at all possible, deliver it personally and ask the person to read the letter in your presence.
  • Post a video on youtube or on our webpage (under 3 minutes long)
  • Send a link to the video to strongheart@mercerislandmartialarts.com;  or wells@mercerislandmartialarts.com
  • or turn in a copy of the letter before your next belt test

 

Read more at Suite101: New Year's Resolutions: Happiness and Positive Psychology http://www.suite101.com/content/new-years-resolutions-a181463#ixzz1...

 Please contact us if you have any more questions, Have fun!  Thank You 고맙습니다

 

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