Science of Gratitude
Explore the benefits & methods of practicing gratitude.
Benefits of Gratitude
Helps create and improve relationships
Thanking a new acquaintance makes them more likely to seek an ongoing relationship. Acknowledging other people’s actions can lead to new opportunities.
Improves our physical health
Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and they report feeling healthier than other people. Also, you’ll be more likely to take care of their health; including more exercise and attending regular check-ups with their doctors.
Improves psychological health
Gratitude can take up space in our minds, replacing a range of negative emotions from envy and resentment to frustration and regret.
Enhances empathy and reduces aggression
Grateful people are more likely to interact more positively with others, even when those others behave negatively. Also, they’re less likely to retaliate against others, and experience more sensitivity and empathy toward other people.
Spending as little as 15 minutes before bed writing in a gratitude journal may help you sleep better and longer.
Gratitude has been proven to increase an athlete’s self-esteem, which is a significant contributor to optimal performance. Grateful people can appreciate other people’s accomplishments.
Increases mental strength
For years, research has shown gratitude reduces stress. It can also be beneficial in trauma recovery. Recognizing all we have to be thankful for — even during the worst times of your life — fosters resilience.
Six Ways to Practice Gratitude
Write a thank-you note
Feel happier and deepen relationships by writing a thank-you note for that person’s impact on your life.
Thank someone mentally
Think about someone who has done something nice for you and mentally thank the individual.
Keep a gratitude journal
Daily write notes in a journal about gifts you’ve received, then share with a loved one to improve their day, too.
Count your blessings
Write about the bigger-picture blessings, rather than the daily occurrences in your life.
People who are religious or otherwise spiritual can use prayer to cultivate gratitude.
Wash away life’s worries and concentrating on the gift that’s the present moment.
Building a healthy values-based culture isn’t simple and it doesn’t happen overnight. But incorporating gratitude into your daily professional activities can go a long way in making your corner of the world happier and more productive place.