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Oprah and team share importance and practice of gratitude

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Oprah and her team are teaching gratefulness and why it's important.

Studies have shown gratitude is one of the best ways to remain healthy and happy. Tonight Oprah, Deepak Chopra and other guests discuss gratitude, which they say is an ‘art’ that can be mastered.

In addition to Deepak Chopra, Oprah’s team includes who have tips to open your heart to gratitude, even if you’ve been hurt in the past or stuck in the proverbial rut.

Gratitude has been taught as a way to better health. Studies show people who are grateful feel better, sleep well, enjoy closeness with family, experience less stress and have fewer bouts of illness. They also exercise more and experience greater levels of happiness.

Deepak Chopra writes, “When you begin to focus on gratitude, any fears will melt away as you appreciate the countless ways in which the universe supports you in every moment.”

Tips for practicing appreciation

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He also offers tips to get started that include taking a walk and taking note of everything you’re grateful for. Perhaps it’s just the ability to walk, smell flowers or keeping a gratitude journal and writing a thank you letter.

Tonight is the last of Oprah's "Lifeclass: the Tour". The show focuses on guests who are struggling to feel grateful, including a widow who can’t get past her grief and six women living in a correctional facility who tell us why they feel grateful despite their incarceration.

Oprah, who keeps her own gratefulness journal, says it’s important to write things down because there is “power in the word”. She shares it’s important to concentrate on what you have, not what you don’t have.

You can go to Oprah’s Facebook page, and practice gratitude by clicking on the "I Said Thank You" button. The goal is to reach half a million people. Gratitude changes the brain. Practicing gratefulness can make you happier and improve brain function.

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