Did you know that showing gratitude can actually make you physically feel better? There has been much research in this area and a direct link has been found between giving thanks and increased self-esteem, the ability to overcome trauma and personal tragedy, and having greater satisfaction with your life.
The logic behind this is pretty simple. The people expressing the gratitude are thinking about what they are thankful for, so they themselves feel better and their gratitude is stronger. Expressing gratitude is also good for the people receiving the gratitude because they feel appreciated and it makes them want to express the gratitude back. So basically, what you throw out to the world comes back at you.
There are many, positive physical effects to expressing gratitude. According to Psychology Today, studies have shown that when you smile, your body produces serotonin and endorphins, which actually make your brain feel better. Giving thanks can improve heart health and lower stress levels.
A new study from Northeastern University suggests the best way to increase patience when making big decisions is by practicing gratitude. Being thankful will also make you more likely to demonstrate self-control, so that you can make better decisions regarding healthy eating or not participating in bad habits, such as smoking, drinking, or abusing drugs. You will feel less depressed, less aggressive and show more sympathy towards other people.
The more thankful you are with your life, the less you will compare yourself to others and the less jealousy you will have. Materialistic people are more likely to be depressed and unsatisfied than people who focus on the intangibles because they have a hard time being grateful for what they have. (Medical News Today)
Ways to be thankful –
- Make a daily list of 5 things you are thankful for that day.
- Surround yourself with people or animals you love.
- Share with the people around you reasons why you are thankful they are in your life.
- Before you go to bed, think of a few things you are grateful for.
Don’t just be thankful on Thanksgiving. Try adding gratitude to your daily habits and see what happens.