The Importance of Gratitude

Understanding gratitude can have a surprisingly beneficial impact on your overall health and happiness. From your emotional and social wellbeing, to your physical and mental health, it’s certainly worth having a good attitude for gratitude!

1. Gratitude Makes Us Happier

A five-minute a day gratitude journal has been shown to increase your long-term-wellbeing by more than ten percent! Once a day, write 5 things you are grateful for to trigger a positive, appreciative mood. These can be small things like completing a task you’ve been putting off, to more overarching things like being grateful for your family’s health.

2. Gratitude Makes People Like Us

Being supportive and thankful for those around us generates social capital.  Gratitude makes us nicer, more trusting, more social, and more appreciative. As a result, it helps us make more friends and deepen our existing relationships.

3. Gratitude Makes Us Healthier

Practicing the art of gratitude can have a beneficial impact on our health, too! Those who keep a gratitude journal tend to have increased sleep quality, spend more time exercising, and show a significant decrease in blood pressure and stress levels. Sharing gratitude can induce the relaxation response, which can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, too.

4. Gratitude Strengthens Our Emotions

Feeling grateful reduces feelings of envy, and makes our memories of certain times happier and more established. We can experience stronger feel-good hormones, and it helps us bounce back from stressful situations.

5. Gratitude Can Boost Your Career

Understanding gratitude can help you network more effectively and increase your decision making capabilities. It can help you to stay productive, and makes the workplace a friendly environment to be in!

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