Here are the highlights:
- Those who write gratitude letters to people they’d never properly thanked got a big uptick in positive energy
- A stress buffer! When people weren’t having a good day or were feeling stressed and worried, their well-being didn’t take as big a hit.
- We’re most grateful when we get the help we ask for directly. In research studies, it’s also called reactive helping. This doesn’t mean we should avoid helping someone who is struggling, but perhaps asking “do you need help?” or “how can I help you?” is a better approach.