1. GRATITUDE IMPROVES PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH
Gratitude reduces a multitude of negative emotions, ranging from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. Research has shown that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.
2. GRATITUDE IMPROVES PHYSICAL HEALTH
Grateful people experience fewer aches and pain and they report feeling healthier than those who don’t cultivate gratitude. Grateful people are also more likely to take care of their health, and are reported to exercise more often than others.
3. GRATITUDE IS GOOD FOR YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
Showing appreciation can help foster new friendships. For instance, one study found that thanking a new acquaintance makes them more likely to seek an ongoing relationship.
4. GRATITUDE HELPS WITH SLEEP
Writing in a gratitude journal improves sleep. Spend just 15 minutes jotting down a few grateful sentiments before bed, and you may sleep better and longer.
5. GRATITUDE FOSTERS RESILIENCE
For years, research has shown gratitude not only reduces stress, but it may also play a major role in overcoming trauma. Recognising all you have to be thankful for – even during the worst times of your life – fosters resilience.