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A somewhat recent development in the field of psychology is the study of “positive psychology,” which examines the positive qualities and experiences that improve human functioning rather than the disorders that disrupt behavior. Chief among these qualities is gratitude.

Studies have found that writing a letter of thanks to someone or making a “gratitude appointment” with that person is one of the simplest things you can do to boost your mood.

In fact, just making a list of the things that make you thankful has multiple benefits. It improves your energy level, alertness, quality of sleep, sense of self-worth, and overall feeling of contentment. It’s a simple way to counteract boredom, reduce stress, and improve your overall health.

It wouldn’t be a big leap to guess, then, that if we are less bored and more content, we would be better able to reign in spending and manage our finances.

In the long run, then, gratitude may be good for our pocketbooks. It’s yet another thing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.