The Benefits of Gratitude

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The Benefits of Gratitude

So Thankful for a day to remind me to be Thankful!
One of the best decisions our nation’s leaders ever made was to set aside a day a year to reflect on all the reasons we have to be grateful.  It’s kind of ironic that it begins the season where it is so easy to get stressed out finding the perfect gift, but underneath it all we are just trying to show those around us that we care about them and appreciate them.  I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and take a few minutes to show your gratitude – the benefit you will get from that will be immeasurable!  – Jennifer Dunn

Here are 8 key benefits of expressing gratitude all year round.

1. Improves your attitude.

Expressing gratitude makes you feel more positive and optimistic, which can reduce stress and help improve your overall mental fortitude.

2. Builds stronger relationships.

A simple ’thank you’ lays the groundwork for a stronger relationship, whether you’re expressing gratitude to a loved one or to a stranger. Saying ‘thanks’ is a way to acknowledge a person for their help, which encourages them to feel special.

3. Improves your mental health.

The next time you feel upset or frustrated, write
down what you’re thankful for. Studies show that
expressing gratitude helps you to deal better with
your emotions and may even reduce depression.*

4. Enhances your physical health.

Studies show a strong correlation between gratitude and health. Put simply, people who are thankful tend to be healthier. Not only do they exercise more frequently and visit the doctor for their annual checkups, but they report feeling healthier as well.*

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5. Boosts your self-esteem.

Taking stock of what you’re grateful for helps you maintain perspective and makes you less likely to compare yourself to other people.*

6. Promotes better sleep.

Jotting down what you’re thankful for each day boosts your
mood and reduces your stress, which can help you sleep
better at night.*

7. Increases your empathy for others.

Gratitude may make you more sensitive toward other people’s feelings. Studies show grateful people are less likely to resort to retaliation when they experience negativity from others.*

8. Spreads happiness!

Gratitude positively impacts your overall well-being, making you happier and more satisfied with your life.
*Source: Forbes, 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude
That Will Motivate You To Give Thanks Year-Round, November 23, 2014

Want to Learn More about Gratitude? Check Out These 3 Insightful Books!

1. Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier

By Robert Emmons, Ph.D. explains the science behind the benefits of expressing gratitude.

2. Gratitude: A Way of Life

By Louise L. Hay is a series of essays about the power of incorporating gratitude into every day.

3. Gratitude: A Journal

By Catherine Price is a journal in which to record what you’re grateful for each day. Stay inspired with quotes and writing prompts.

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