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The Many Benefits of Gratitude

Gratitude research word cloudGratitude. It is defined as the “quality or feeling of being thankful,” yet gratitude is much more than a feeling or a quality. When gratitude becomes lifestyle habit, there are unique benefits which can be experienced at the individual level.

Gratitude can improve health.
It can increase feelings of empathy.

When gratitude is practiced daily, it can:

• Create healthy relationships
• Reduce aggression
• Improve self-esteem
• Increase mental strength.

Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman from the University of Pennsylvania found that the simple act of delivering a letter of gratitude to someone who had not been properly thanked for their kindness created a “huge increase” in happiness scores.

Could an “attitude of gratitude” help you? Is it possible to practice gratitude every day?

How to Express Gratitude Every Day

There are moments of perfection that can be found every day if one is willing to look for them. Even on the toughest days, searching for moments through gratefulness will allow the benefits of gratitude to be experienced. Gratitude can be found or expressed in many different ways.

• A personal letter or thank you card could be sent.
• A spontaneous gift could be given to a loved one.
• Offer a smile to a stranger.
• Pay for someone’s coffee.
• Have a conversation with a friend who hasn’t been seen in some time.

Gratitude is one-part attitude, but it is also one-part action. It means putting care into action for others, but it also means making self-care important too. It begins with a willingness to give 100% in all things.’

How do you practice a lifestyle of gratitude?

References

Gratitude definition.” Dictionary.com

Morin, Amy. “7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude…” Forbes. November 23, 2014.

In Praise of Gratitude.” Harvard Mental Health Letter. Published November 2011.

Dey, Meerabelle. “Turning Gratitude into a Verb.” Huffington Post. July 30, 2015.

The Many Benefits of Gratitude

Mike Bundrant

Mike Bundrant is the author of Your Achilles Eel: Discover and Overcome the Hidden Cause of Negative Emotions, Bad Decisions and Self-Sabotage and co-founder at The iNLP Center which offers online certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and life coaching.


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Bundrant, M. (2018). The Many Benefits of Gratitude. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 18, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/nlp/2018/01/benefits-of-gratitude/

 

Last updated: 19 Jan 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 19 Jan 2018
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