A recent article on Forbes reminded us how cultivating gratitude doesn’t cost any money and it certainly doesn’t take much of our time. Below are 7 scientifically proven benefits of practicing gratitude each day.
A grateful heart allows us to build more and stronger relationships.
We can even live longer and become healthier! According to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences, grateful people are better at taking care of their health and attend regular check-ups with their doctors more often than non-grateful people.
Practicing gratitude can help us improve our psychological health by helping us increase happiness and reducing symptoms of depression.
It can also enhance empathy and lessens hostility. A study at the University of Kentucky indicated that participants who ranked higher on gratitude were less likely to react, seek vengeance and had greater compassion towards themselves and others.
Grateful people can snooze so much better than others! According to a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, if we spend just 15 minutes writing down a few grateful thoughts before bed, we can have a better good night sleep.
Oh yeah, gratitude will help us see more positive things when we look in a mirror- okay, it will help us increase self-esteemJ. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology found that gratitude improved athlete’s self-esteem, which is a vital piece to optimal performance. Other studies have shown that gratitude lessens social judgments and greed. Rather than becoming angry toward people who have more than us, grateful people are able to appreciate other people’s successful accomplishments.
Gratitude strengthens the mental muscle. Research has revealed that gratitude not only reduces stress, but it may also play a significant role in recovering from traumatic experiences. A 2003 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that gratitude was a major contributor to resilience following the terrorist attacks on September 11. Look for satisfaction and gratitude in the smallest of things that life give you! Appreciate all you have, even when you are going through a difficult time. The practice of gratitude will help you stay focus and positive during the storm.
Practice gratitude and mindfulness daily to help you stay positive, aware and mindful of all the gifts life is giving you. Gratitude is free and all it takes is a little bit of your time and heartJ. Also, try to write down each night the things you are grateful for. You will go to bed with an open heart and a peaceful mind.