Psychologically healthy people acknowledge positive things in their lives. Here are some proven benefits of Gratitude:
1 Opportunity for relationships: According to a 2014 study published in Emotion, simply thanking a person for providing you with help, or even a gesture like holding a door open for someone, makes it more likely that you will form new relationships and have positive social interactions which elevate mood.
2 Improved Physical Health: According to a 2009 study published in Personality and Individual Differences, grateful people experience less health problems as they are more prone to good self-care including frequent exercise and regularly scheduled visits to the doctor.
3 Improved Psychological Health: Leading Gratitude researcher Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., confirms that gratitude reduces negative emotions, reduces the risk of anxiety and depression and increases feelings of happiness.
4 Increased Empathy and Reduced Aggression: According to a 2012 study done by the University of Kentucky, grateful people live with a more sociable and positive mindset even when others behave aggressively. Those who are grateful are less likely to retaliate with revenge, or feel negative attitudes.
5 Better Sleep: Who doesn’t love sleep? According to a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology, people whose bedtime routine included writing what they’re grateful for in a journal, slept better and longer.
6 Improved Self-Esteem: According to a study published in Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, gratitude increased an athlete’s self esteem and performance. Even when others have more wealth, grateful people are less likely to engage in social comparison, but rather, they acknowledge others’ achievements.
7 Increased Resiliency: According to a 2006 study published in Behavior Research and Therapy, grateful people have lower stress levels and are resistant to effects of trauma. Vietnam War veterans who were grateful had lower incidents of post-traumatic stress disorder.
We all have the power to live a more positive life and it starts with being grateful. Keep a daily log of things you are grateful for, and experience the benefits of gratitude.
Adapted from: Morin, Amy. “7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude.” Psychology Today. Sussex Publishers, 3 Apr. 2015. Web.
By: Maria Evangelopoulos