Practicing gratitude is more than just a fad! Here's 7 scientifically proven benefits of what you should cultivate appreciation & gratitude.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s the perfect time to talk a little bit about how gratitude is one of the biggest and life-improving skills you can develop. It’s no secret that it’s my favourite holiday - time to spend with your friends and family, we get a long weekend just to be appreciative about everything you have in your life and turkey stuffing is involved!
According to Psychology Today and tons of other gratitude studies, here are 7 scientifically proven benefits:
1. Gratitude = Better Relationships
Who doesn’t appreciate someone saying “Thank you” to them? Romance tend to blossom when your partner feels cared and thought about.
Actionable Activity - Say “Thanks for doing the dishes baby, you are awesome!” – Guaranteed to get you at least a hug and a kiss.
2. Gratitude = Improves your Health.
Grateful people have cited that they experience less aches and pains. Not surprisingly, grateful people exercise more regularly and felt more optimistic about life in general.
Actionable Activity - Positive self-talk "My pants may be tighter, but at least I was smart enough to buy the stretchy type."
3. Gratitude = Increases Happiness.
Not only does it increase your psychological health but it also reduces depression and other toxic emotions. Even a one-time act produced an immediate 10% increase in happiness and 35% reduction in symptoms.
Actionable Activity - Try reframing an otherwise negative perspective. Such as “Who cares if it’s raining, at least I don’t have to shovel snow!”
4. Gratitude = Good for Business
A little act of expressing thanks can go a long way for increasing trust between colleagues and research shows that thanking employees gives them a sense of self-worth and confidence. Appreciative workplaces rank higher with employee satisfaction.
Actionable Activity - Think about the last person who helped you out on something and send them a quick note: “Thanks for helping with the presentation Bob, drinks on me tonight.”
5. Gratitude = Better Sleep
Apparently, writing in a gratitude journal before bed is super beneficial in so many ways. It seems there’s a good chance you my sleep better and longer.
Actionable Activity - Dear Diary, today I helped 2 clients find their mojo. I’m soooo happy. Zzzzzz
6. Gratitude = Higher Self Esteem
Gratitude reduces social comparisons and gives people the ability to appreciate other people’s accomplishments.
Actionable Activity - Look in the mirror and give yourself some positive self talk! Seriously, for 30 seconds, tell yourself all the wonderful qualities that you are proud off! Note to self: I may never become tall, but I’ll always be sexy. (I feel better already :)
7. Gratitude = Increases Resilience & Mental Strength
Not only does gratitude reduce stress but it also fosters resilience when you recognize everything you have to be thankful for.
Actionable Activity: Remember that there will always be another time to improve. Case in point - Who cares in the Turkey is overcooked and the gravy ended up too salty – that’s what happens when you day drink with your loved ones.