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Why gratitude is good for you 为什么感恩对你有好处

分享到: 2022-07-26 17:22:17 BBC英语教学

摘要:Why gratitude is good for you 为什么感恩对你有好处,对他人说 “谢谢” 是好事,不过这对你自己也有好处吗?有研究显示,懂得感恩对我们的身体和精神健康都有积极的影响,对我们的人际关系也有好处。本文浅谈感恩的好处。

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Why gratitude is good for you 为什么感恩对你有好处


对他人说 “谢谢” 是好事,不过这对你自己也有好处吗?有研究显示,懂得感恩对我们的身体和精神健康都有积极的影响,对我们的人际关系也有好处。本文浅谈感恩的好处。

词汇:gratitude 感恩

Gratitude is more than just saying ‘thank you’ to someone who has helped us or given us a gift. Gratitude is a deeper appreciation for someone or something that makes us feel a positive emotion. And this positive emotion can be good for our health – our emotional and physical health, as well as the health of our relationships.

Let’s start by looking at the emotional or mental health benefits of expressing gratitude. There have been many studies, as described in a 2018 paper from the Greater Good Science Center titled ‘The Science of Gratitude’ , showing that writing a gratitude letter to another person or writing in a gratitude journal, if done regularly, improves mental health. One reason for this, is that gratitude stops us from ruminating on toxic, negative emotions, and writing a ‘thank you’ letter, for example, shifts our attention so that we focus on positive emotions. But even if we don’t share our writing with anyone, like in a journal, the act of completing the exercise alone makes us happier and more satisfied with life. And this gets better with time. As we are essentially training our brain to be more in tune with noticing the positive, after several weeks or months, this becomes more intuitive. And so, the more we express gratitude, the more positive we feel.

Gratitude can also make us feel good in our bodies. There are studies linking a gratitude practice to better sleep quality, better eating habits, and reduced inflammation in people who have had heart problems. So gratitude is clearly good for us, but is it also good for the people in our lives?

The simple answer is ‘yes’. When shared – spoken or written – gratitude is about feeling valued and helping others feel valued too. Feeling valued can help build stronger relationships – be it with family, partners, friends or even colleagues. And that’s on top of all the other ways gratitude is clearly good for us. Maybe we should all stop counting sheep or counting calories and start counting our blessings instead?

词汇表

deep 深层次的
appreciation for 对…的感激之情
emotional 情感的
mental health 心理健康
express (v) 表达
study (n) 研究
ruminate on 反复思考
toxic 令人不愉快的
shift your attention 转移你的注意力
the act of …的行为
satisfied 满足的,满意的
essentially 本质上,基本上
be in tune with 与…一致
intuitive 凭直觉的
practice 实践
reduce 减少
inflammation 炎症
feel valued 感觉受到尊重
count your blessings 常怀感恩,知足

测验与练习

1. 阅读课文并回答问题。

1. What are two ways of expressing gratitude in writing?

2. True or False? Writing one ‘thank you’ letter improves mental health.

3. How does gratitude stop us ruminating on negative emotions?

4. Give three examples of how gratitude can be good for the body.

5. How can we make others feel valued through gratitude?

2. 选择意思恰当的单词或词组来完成下列句子。

1. Teachers’ Day is a day to _______ teachers and thank them for their hard work throughout the year.

shift your attention express appreciation for be in tune with feel valued

2. She spent weeks _______ the difficult decision to leave her husband.

linking to counting her blessings reducing ruminating on

3. Sometimes, the solution to a problem comes without thinking. It’s _______.

intuitive deep mental health satisfied

4. Smoking is _______ heart disease and other health problems.

inflammation on top of linked to toxic

5. We were in a car accident but weren’t badly injured. We _______ it wasn’t worse.

count our blessings are in tune with gratitude satisfied

答案

1. 阅读课文并回答问题。

1. What are two ways of expressing gratitude in writing?
Writing a gratitude, or ‘thank you’, letter to another person, and writing in a gratitude journal.

2. True or False? Writing one ‘thank you’ letter improves mental health.
False. If done regularly, writing a gratitude letter or writing in a gratitude journal improves mental health.

3. How does gratitude stop us ruminating on negative emotions?
It shifts our attention so that we focus on positive emotions.

4. Give three examples of how gratitude can be good for the body.
Better sleep quality, better eating habits, and reduced inflammation in people who have had heart problems.

5. How can we make others feel valued through gratitude?
When we share our gratitude with them – in spoken or written form.

2. 选择意思恰当的单词或词组来完成下列句子。

1. Teachers’ Day is a day to express appreciation for teachers and thank them for their hard work throughout the year.

2. She spent weeks ruminating on the difficult decision to leave her husband.

3. Sometimes, the solution to a problem comes without thinking. It’s intuitive.

4. Smoking is linked to heart disease and other health problems.

5. We were in a car accident but weren’t badly injured. We count our blessings it wasn’t worse.


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