In the spirit of Thanksgiving, let’s talk about what this holiday is all about: gratitude.
Many of us are thinking about everything that we’re thankful for today, whether it’s our loved ones or a warm meal. But other than giving thanks on just Thanksgiving day, there’s actual research that shows that you can improve your health by adopting an “attitude of gratitude” on a daily basis.
Here are some of the main health benefits of regularly practicing gratitude:
The mental health benefits from practicing gratitude are numerous. And while there’s plenty of research to back this up, according to this study by the APA, “taking stock of thankful events is an effective approach to reduce stress and depressive symptoms.” Among others like:
Coach tip: take 5 minutes every morning to gratitude journal. It’s an easy habit to start, but you’ll reap all the benefits!
Research is still developing on the physical health benefits of practicing gratitude. But according to this study, those who practice gratitude daily by journaling report feeling healthier and less symptomatic of:
Other participants reported increases in:
So we’ve covered why you should practice self-gratitude, but what about showing gratitude towards others?
Recent studies show that giving thanks to others pays off in both your work and social life. With a new friend, it can help strengthen your bond, and keep the friendship going. In work, thanking co-workers or employees, can lead to more positive collaboration, retention and opportunities.
Did you know that by practicing gratitude daily you can actually change your reality?
Here’s what neuroscience and gratitude have in common.
We’ve covered how practicing and extending gratitude can literally change your life. We hope that you use this as a tool beyond Thanksgiving Day to improve your lifestyle. And on that note, thank you for sticking with us through this read!
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