27 Nov Benefits of Having an Attitude of Gratitude
Thanksgiving is tomorrow! Can you believe it?! Showing gratitude on Thanksgiving is nice, but exuding thankfulness on a daily basis can have a tremendous effect on your life. An attitude of gratitude is not only inexpensive, but also easy and takes minimal time. The benefits, however, are astounding.
While you, your family and your friends gather around and count your blessings tomorrow, consider these benefits that can be attained by practicing the same mindset repeatedly, day after day:
- More Relationships.
Showing appreciation can help win friends and influence people, according to a 2104 study published in Emotion. The study found that when acquaintances are acknowledged with thankfulness, they’re more likely to seek an ongoing relationship. So, whether you thank a waitress for exceptional service, or give a team member kudos for helping you meet a deadline, showing appreciation for the contributions of others can lead to new opportunities. Others will respond well to your positive vibes, and you’ll in turn, attract more of the same.
- Improved (Physical & Mental) Health.
Those choosing an attitude of gratitude are more likely to operate from a health-conscious mindset and make decisions in alignment with creating a healthy, happy life for themselves. They exercise often, sleep better, and practice other habits that contribute to longevity and well-being.
When gratitude (stemming from positive thoughts) flood your mind, it’s impossible for toxic emotions or negative thoughts around resentment, frustration or regret to overwhelm you. “Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., a leading gratitude researcher, has conducted multiple studies on the link between gratitude and well-being. His research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.”
- Empathy Towards Others.
Wouldn’t it be nice to feel a decreased need to behave in an unkind way, despite how unkind others may be towards you? A 2012 study by the University of Kentucky indicated that those who demonstrated more gratitude were less likely to retaliate against others, even in negative circumstances. They experienced more prosocial behavior and empathetic feelings.
- Better Sleep.
Gratitude journals are becoming all the rage and rightfully so. Did you know writing down things you’re grateful for can lead to more enhanced, longer sleep? 15 minutes is all you need to jot down some sentiments about your day, life or simply the present moment you’re in. This practice can be used in the morning to start your day off on a positive note or sporadically during the day; there’s no limit to making the attitude shift.
- Improved Self-Esteem.
Studies have shown that gratitude reduces the need to compare oneself socially. When you’re at peace and thankful for your accomplishments and status in life, rather than comparing and becoming resentful – which contributes to esteem issues- you’re empowered to be proud of others’ accomplishments and celebrate them. Coming from an “attitude of gratitude” lifts yourself and others up rather than bringing everyone down.
The ability and opportunity to cultivate gratitude is within everyone’s reach. Simply become more aware of times when you’re complaining or coming from a negative mental space and make the decision to shift your attitude to one of gratitude. It’s an easy, inexpensive, and powerful way to enhance not only your life but those around you.
-Health & Wellness Coach