There is a direct link between happiness and showing gratitude. Sturgeon Bay Psychologist Dr. Dennis White says gratitude is a thankful appreciation of what you have and what you receive. He says even people who have experienced a loss of a loved one, a job, or a relationship can still find joy in focusing on what they have and genuinely appreciating it.
Dr. White adds that studies of the psychology of happiness consistently show that the ability to be aware of and express our gratitude is a major component. Thanksgiving is an opportune time to express your gratitude to your loved ones.