We learn the importance of saying “thank you” as we grow up and are taught this habit because it’s “good manners.” This childhood lesson is extremely powerful and goes beyond being polite. There are so many health benefits of showing gratitude and that is what the month of November is about…Gratitude!
- Gratitude helps you sleep better! Instead of lying in bed, thinking about worries, stress, and anxiety, think about what you’re thankful for! Mentally make a list of things you’re grateful for and it can help induce a relaxation response, causing you to drift off to sleep!
- Gratefulness is linked with optimism, which is linked to a better immune system! A study from University of Utah stated that stressed-out law students who were optimistic had more immune-boosting blood cells than students who were pessimistic.
- Improves psychological health! Gratitude reduces toxic emotions like envy, frustration, and regret. Gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.
- Gratitude improves self-esteem! It’s able to reduce social comparisons. Grateful people are able to appreciate the accomplishments of others rather than become resentful and as a result they don’t compare themselves to others as often.
- Reduces stress! Feeling grateful has a positive impact on helping people deal with everyday problems, including stress.
- Improves overall health! Gratitude helps lower blood pressure and improves cardiac health. It can result in experiencing fewer aches and pains!