Gratitude and happiness
The key to happiness is gratitude, a study by Todd Kashdan at George Mason University has shown.
“Gratitude, the emotion of thankfulness and joy in response to receiving a gift, is one of the essential ingredients for living a good life”, Kashdan says.
An interesting finding of the study is that gender can play a role in expressing gratitude. “The way that we get socialized as children affects what we do with our emotions as adults”, says Kashdan. “Because men are generally taught to control and conceal their softer emotions, this may be limiting their well-being.”