Celebration: Turn Gratitude Into Action

Celebration wells up from a state of deep gratitude, which has been proven to have powerful health benefits. Celebration is gratitude with a kind of added zing, an exuberance and joy. Do you rejoice in the presence of others, savor each day for the good in it, let others know how much you appreciate them? Answer these twenty questions to find out about your own capacity for celebration.

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A Bit About This Quiz

The quiz you are about to take is adapted from The Love and Longevity scale, which was created and tested by Dr. Stephen Post and colleagues of his at the University of Miami. It allows you to self-rate ten different giving behaviors. Score yourself now, and then again as you change and grow in your ways of giving. Please try to circle the one number that best reflects your opinion about whether or not each statement below describes you or experiences that you have had. There are no correct answers, so please respond as honestly as possible to each one. To learn more about weaving generous behavior into your own life and becoming a happier, healthier person, buy the book HERE.

1. I make a point of letting my family members know how much I appreciate them.

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2. My loved ones would say that I'm quick to thank them when they do something kind for me.

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3. I call and write my loved ones to thank them for things they have done for me.

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4. I feel uncomfortable saying "thank you" to my family members.

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5. Because I have gotten where I am in life pretty much on my own, I don't think I owe my family anything.

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6. I make it a point to let friends of mine know how much I appreciate them.

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7. I'm grateful for the things my friends have done for me.

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8. I would not be where I am in life if it were not for the support of my friends.

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9. When I think about the good things my friends have done for me, there doesn't seem to be a lot to be grateful for.

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10. I feel like I owe my friends nothing when it comes to any of my accomplishments in life.

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11. When I think about it, there are many people in my community to whom I should be grateful.

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12. I try to say "thanks" when I am helped by neighbors or colleagues I do not know very well.

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13. I see many things that people in my community do for which I am appreciative.

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14. The people who live in my community almost never do anything that I'm thankful for.

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15. There's not much going on in my community to feel grateful about.

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16. I appreciate the people who are working to make this world a better place.

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17. When I hear about someone who has helped others, I feel appreciative that such people exist in the world.

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18. I'm thankful to live in a world with people who care about the welfare of others.

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19. There is not a lot happening in the world to feel grateful about.

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20. It's hard to feel thankful about good things that are happening in another part of the world.

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