Gratitude

Gratitude is one of the most overlooked tools that we have access to every day. Research has shown that it has many benefits—physically, mentally and emotionally. It’s been found to improve job performance, strengthen marriages and friendships, and enhance overall wellbeing. It is linked to stronger immune systems, lowered blood pressure, greater compassion and lowered stress levels. Practicing gratitude also provides us with greater optimism and can increase happiness by as much as 25 percent.

CONSIDER THESE PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY TO HELP YOU SAVOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON:

  • Look through old family photos together, either in scrapbooks or by going through pictures on ShutterflyGoogle Photos or Instagram.
  • Read through your gratitude journal from the past year, or start a new journal on the Gratitude Journal app.
  • Lead your family in a one-minute (or longer!) moment of silence or prayer before dinner using Daily Prayer.
  • Use the Remindfulness app to get gentle reminders in your day to stay mindful amid the hustle and bustle.
  • Write down a list of memorable phrases from dinner on Evernote and send an automatic reminder to yourself for next year to relive the memory.
  • While your food is settling after dinner, engage your family in a hilarious game of charades using Ellen Degeneres’ app HeadsUp, which is fun for all ages.

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