A little gratitude goes a long way, and not just with others; it helps when you show gratitude to yourself, too.
Studies by Dr. Robert Emmons of the University of California at Davis have yielded some interesting findings about those who keep “gratitude journals,” recordings of what they are grateful for in their lives. Dr. Emmons’ research has shown that those who keep gratitude journals are 25 per cent happier, sleep half an hour more per evening, and exercise 33 per cent more each week. They have 10 per cent lower blood pressure, eat less fat, and are even more likely to find educational and career success.
Those benefits are what motivated Ottawa entrepreneur Faisal Sethi, founder and CEO of DoGood Headquarters and Raccoon Creative, to create a new startup, HappyRambles. HappyRambles is a personal, online journal that sends you a daily email asking you for three to five things that you are grateful for. When you respond to the email with your entries, they are stored at HappyRambles for you to view later. With each email HappyRambles sends you, it includes one of your entries to remind you of the positive things in your life.
“The past couple of years have been challenging for me. I got married, mortgaged a house, quit my job, started up and shut down a social enterprise, and had my father move in with us. I’ve been watching him slowly wither away from cancer, diabetes, and dementia. Needless to say, it has been extremely difficult, and frankly, has made me feel down in the dumps for a time,” said Sethi about his reasons for starting HappyRambles “So, I started doing some research on happiness. What is it? How do we attain it? How can we sustain it? And voilà, HappyRambles was born. I’m happy to say, it’s been working for me.”
You can check out HappyRambles here.