How Gratitude Improves your Health and Wellbeing

Gratitude – the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. – Oxford Dictionary

National Gratitude Month is celebrated every November and focuses on the positive rather than the negative. Focusing on the positive helps improve our physical and mental well-being. As we approach the holidays, it’s the perfect time to show gratitude and make someone smile.

Here are 7 scientifically proven benefits:

  1. Gratitude opens the door to more relationships.
  2. Gratitude improves physical health.
  3. Gratitude improves psychological health.
  4. Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression.
  5. Grateful people sleep better.
  6. Gratitude improves self-esteem.
  7. Gratitude increases mental strength.

Here are examples of showing gratitude:

  1. Being present and an active listener.
  2. Expressing your gratitude to others.
  3. Giving to others without expecting anything in return.
  4. Smiling – it can be contagious.
  5. Giving someone a hug.
  6. Handwriting letters of encouragement.
  7. Performing a random act of kindness.

References:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201504/7-scientifically-proven-benefits-gratitude\

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