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  • Robert Emmons : Thanksgiving a blessing

    November 17, 2010

    Although gratitude is often the “forgotten factor” in happiness research, psychologists at UC Davis and the University of Miami are engaged in a long-term research project to help rediscover its importance.

    UC Davis psychology professor Robert Emmons and University of Miami Professor Michael E. McCullough have shown that people who count their blessings — not just on the fourth Thursday of November, but in daily gratitude journals — exercise more regularly, complain of fewer illness symptoms and feel better about their lives overall.