The Positive Health Benefits of Gratitude

by kellylavieri on November 12, 2015

The Positive Health Benefits of Gratitude Kelly Lavieri

As we prepare to ring in the holiday season, how often do we really step back to consider the meaning behind the festivities? Do you step back to consider all of the reasons in your life that you have reason to be thankful for? Did you know that “giving thanks” is actually good for your health? Research is continuing to reveal the many benefits of gratitude. In particular, here are some of the ways that gratitude can help your mental and physical health.

The Positive Mental Effects of Gratitude
Gratitude has a strong positive effect on your mental well-being. When you accentuate the positive, you fill your mental space with good feelings and emotions that don’t leave room for unhealthy, negative emotions. When you become attuned to the many things in your life that are good, toxic emotions like depression, frustration, disappointment, anger, resentment, and regret have no place to take seed. People who are grateful experience more happiness and less depression.

Feelings of gratitude go a long way to amplify your empathy towards other people, which is good for your interpersonal relationships. They are more tolerant and accepting of the people around them and are able to enjoy and build more social relationships. They are less negative towards others, less argumentative, and more amicable. More friendships build a stronger sense of community, which is good for your overall well-being.

Along with the other improvements to your mental well-being, gratitude is good for your self-esteem, an important part of living up to your most optimal happiness.

When you express gratitude, it also helps to fortify your mental strength. In addition to helping with stress, gratitude helps people to overcome trauma and they become stronger and more resilient in the process.

The Positive Physical Effects of Gratitude
Gratitude is great for your physical health. Believe it or not, grateful people actually enjoy better physical shape. Not only do they report feeling healthier, but also they experience fewer aches and pains. Maybe it’s because grateful people are more likely to take care of their physical health, but the power of positive thinking can also do amazing things for the body.

Part of the improvement to physical health is that grateful people experience better sleep. Studies have shown that people who spend just 15 minutes a day writing in a gratitude journal before bed time have better quality and longer sleeping periods.

In addition to the gratitude that we should try to explore during the holiday season, there are so many benefits to giving thanks. Finding ways to show gratitude throughout the entire year can have a healthy impact on your life in November and December, and throughout the entire year to come.

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