1. Gratitude opens the door to more relationships
  • Saying “thank you” constitute good manners and showing appreciation can help you win new friends.
  • Thanking a new acquaintance makes them more likely to seek an ongoing relationship.
  • Acknowledging other people’s contributions can lead to new opportunities.

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7 Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Gratitude That Will Motivate You To Give Thanks Year-Round

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2. Gratitude improves physical health
  • Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and they report feeling healthier than other people, according to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences.
  • Not surprisingly, grateful people are also more likely to take care of their health. 
  • They exercise more often and are more likely to attend regular check-ups with their doctors, which is likely to contribute to further longevity.

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3. Gratitude improves psychological health

Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, ranging from envy and resentment to frustration and regret.

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., a leading gratitude researcher, has conducted multiple studies on the link between gratitude and well-being.

  • His research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.

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4. Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression
  • Grateful people are more likely to behave in a prosocial manner, even when others behave less kind.
  • Study participants who ranked higher on gratitude scales were less likely to retaliate against others, even when given negative feedback.
  • They experienced more sensitivity and empathy toward other people and a decreased desire to seek revenge.

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5. Grateful people sleep better
  • Writing in a gratitude journal improves sleep, according to a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being.
  • Spend just 15 minutes jotting down a few grateful sentiments before bed, and you may sleep better and longer.

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6. Gratitude improves self-esteem
  • A 2014 study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology found that gratitude increased athlete’s self-esteem, which is an essential component to optimal performance.
  • Other studies have shown that gratitude reduces social comparisons.
  • Rather than becoming resentful toward people who have more money or better jobs – which is a major factor in reduced self-esteem- grateful people are able to appreciate other people’s accomplishments.

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7. Gratitude increases mental strength & resilience
  • For years, research has shown gratitude not only reduces stress, but it may also play a major role in overcoming trauma.
  • A 2006 study published in Behavior Research and Therapy found that Vietnam War Veterans with higher levels of gratitude experienced lower rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. 
  • 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. 
  • Recognizing all you have to be thankful for – even during the worst times of your life – fosters resilience.

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Amy morin, psychotherapist & International BEST Selling MENTAL Strength Author

We all have the ability and opportunity to cultivate gratitude. Simply take a few moments to focus on all that you have – rather than complain about all the things you think you deserve. 

Developing an “attitude of gratitude” is one of the simplest ways to improve your satisfaction with life.

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