By Dr. Zev Ballen
Our Sages have taught that the exalted act of giving thanks is the master key that unlocks the doors of every blessing imaginable.
Now an explosion of psychological research is supporting the wisdom of the Torah. G-d willing I'll be posting more of the evidence in upcoming posts.
We assume that the blessings that we enjoy now - health, job, family or friends will last forever. A fascinating new study by Dr. Jaime L. Kurtz shows that one way to enhance gratitude for something is to focus on when that blessing will come to an end.
This study confirms what we know from the Talmud which is that it is beneficial to focus on the finiteness of life. By focusing on endpoints, we are inspired to become more grateful for what we have right now.
Here's a 2 minute exercise to get you started
1. Think of three things that you are grateful for
2. Contemplate that each one will eventually end
3. Thank Hashem that you have them now
4. Ask Hashem to help you better enjoy and benefit from them now
Here's your copy of our weekly newsletter. Remember to print it out for use at your Shabbos table.
Have a Great Shabbos,
Dr. Zev Ballen
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