The Benefits of Gratitude

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From greatergood.berkeley.edu:

  
We’ve studied more than one thousand people, from ages eight to 80, and found that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits:

–Physical–

  • Stronger immune systems
  • Less bothered by aches and pains
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Exercise more and take better care of their health
  • Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking

–Psychological–

  • Higher levels of positive emotions
  • More alert, alive, and awake
  • More joy and pleasure
  • More optimism and happiness

–Social–

  • More helpful, generous, and compassionate
  • More forgiving
  • More outgoing
  • Feel less lonely and isolated.

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Early Stage Investment Activity in 2015

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A quick update on the early stage market from this source:

  
After an exuberant Q3’15, which hit dot com-funding levels, Q4’15 cooled dramatically. Sentiment, which became very negative in late Q3, quickly manifested itself in Q4 activity as overall investment activity saw a drastic drop-off in the final quarter of 2015. Funding fell 30% amid weakening mega-round activity while deal activity fell 13% vs. the previous quarter, reaching a level last seen in Q1’13.
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