Even though it’s all well and good to ‘count your blessings’ on Thanksgiving and similar holidays, allowing yourself to show gratitude during the entire year can beget extraordinary gains for your quality of life.

Truthfully, to practise gratitude is probably one of the best things you can do for your health that’s normally neglected. Improving your sense of gratefulness doesn’t have to come with any monetary costs and it definitely doesn’t have to take a lot of time, however, the advantages are tremendous.

Studies now show that showing appreciation can provide the following benefits:

1. Gratefulness opens up the opportunity to have more relationships.

According to a 2014 study issued in Emotion, saying, “thank you” doesn’t only develop great manners, but bestowing your thankfulness can support you in winning new friends and influencing people.

The research discovered that praising a new associate makes the other person more inclined to explore a more ongoing connection. So whether you are thanking a random stranger for keeping the door open, or just sending a prompt thank-you message to your co-worker that assisted you with your project, taking into account the other person’s participation can grow into budding relationships.

2. Being grateful enhances your physical well-being.

Thankful people encounter fewer physical discomforts and they describe how they feel better than people in similar situations, based on a 2012 examination printed in Personality and Individual Differences.

Not markedly suspicious, people that show gratefulness more often are also more apt to stay on top of their health. They work out more regularly and are more inclined to go to routine check-ups with their physicians, which is why they experience extra longevity.

3. Being thankful enhances mental health as well.

Gratitude decreases a variety of toxic feeling, varying from resentment and envy to regret and frustration. Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., who’s a leader in the research on gratefulness, has directed many investigations on the connection between well-being and gratitude. This analysis verifies that gratitude effectively boosts happiness and subdues depression.

4. Gratitude reduces aggression and improves empathy.

According to a 2012 inquiry by the University of Kentucky, people who are grateful are more prone to act in a mutually advantageous fashion, even if other people are acting less than kind.

Research participants that scored higher with gratefulness rankings were less disposed to act in an antisocial way, even when supplied with negative feedback. They encountered more empathy and sensitivity from other people and a diminished propensity to attempt revenge.

5. Thankful people have better sleep.

According to a 2011 investigation issued by Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, writing down your in a gratitude diary promote better sleep.

6. Being thankful will enhance your self-esteem.

Studies show that gratefulness improved an athlete’s self-esteem according to the Journal of Applied Sports Psychology. This is a critical element of elevated achievement.

Additional research has proven that gratitude lowers social judgments. Instead of being envious towards others that may have more money or gainful employment – which is one main factor of lowered self-esteem, people that show appreciation can acknowledge other’s achievements.

7. Praise improves mental fortitude.

For many years, studies have revealed that thankfulness doesn’t just reduce anxiety, but it can play a supportive function in mastering trauma. Studies showed that Vietnam Vets with greater levels of appreciation endured reduced amounts of PTSD, according to a 2006 inquiry written in Behavior Research and Therapy. It was discovered that being grateful was a primary contributor to increased resilience after those traumatic experiences.

Realizing and taking account of everything that you have to be thankful for – also throughout the most distressed parts of your life – encourages resilience.


8. Being grateful allows for better patience

Studies by the Northeastern University have observed that those who practise gratitude for the little things were more composed and able to make better choices, as opposed to the individuals that weren’t feeling very gracious on a regular basis.

Each one of us possesses the capacity and possibility to develop a greater sense of gratefulness. Just set aside a few minutes to direct your attention on all that you’re thankful for – instead of complaining about everything you believe you should have had by now. Cultivating your “attitude of gratitude” is probably the easiest means of improving your happiness in life as a whole.

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