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7. Gratitude increases mental strength & resilience

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-T...

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  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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.
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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 resea...

  • 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

  • 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. 

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