After 10 weeks, those in the gratitude group had been twenty five % happier about their lives compared to the group that documented frustrations. They had fewer health complaints and exercised longer by 1 also.5 hours. Another study found that individuals with congenital and adult-onset neuromuscular disorders also benefited from gratitude journaling. For individuals who held a gratitude journal, quality of sleep was enhanced with longer hours and a more refreshed feeling upon waking. In addition they felt increased optimism about the upcoming week, more satisfaction with their lives and a greater connection to others compared with the non-journaling participants in the study.Main episodes of despair last for at least two weeks, with impairment in executing daily activities, and a combined mix of symptoms like a depressed mood, loss of pleasure in previously pleasurable actions, changes in appetite, changes in sleep patterns, lack of energy and motivation, difficulty concentrating, and negative thoughts about themselves and the future, including suicidal thoughts. People who are depressed go for themselves into stressful conditions often, or contribute to such conditions through difficult interactions with romantic partners or families, that may bring about chronic or recurring major depression for themselves, Hammen said.