With Thanksgiving weekend here (well, at least in Canada, that is) I figured it would be fun to remind everyone of how truly beneficial it is to have a grateful heart.
Here are my top 5 reasons why gratefulness should be a priority for all:
- IT MAKES YOU HEALTHIER: Keeping a gratitude journal and writing in it a few minutes each day can actually make you healthier. A study conducted in 2003 by Emmons and McCullough demonstrated that participants who partook in a habit of being grateful benefited from far more health benefits than those who did not. The grateful participants spent 19% more time exercising, they had a 25% increase in sleep quality, and they reported 10% fewer physical symptoms over the study time period.
- IT MAKES YOU MORE LIKEABLE: Multiple studies have shown that grateful attitude brings about pro-social behavior. Ask yourself: Would you rather hang out with a cheerful person who is grateful for what they have or a person complaining about what they don’t have in this lifetime!? Keeping a gratitude journal is enough to make you more likely to help others with their problems and makes you more likely to offer them emotional support. Let’s just say it puts your “empathy-motor” into overdrive 😀
- IT MAKES YOU LOOK GOOD: Ingratitude is universally looked upon with contempt. Gratitude, on the other hand, is considered a virtue in all major religions and most modern cultures. It takes a strong person to acknowledge that they didn’t get to where they are all on their own – that without others they may never have made it. People like being acknowledged. We all do and we tend to like those who acknowledge us and see them in a more positive, attractive light.
- IT HELPS YOU CRUSH GOALS: In one study, participants were asked to write down those goals which they wished to accomplish over the next two months. Those who were instructed to keep a gratitude journal reported more progress on achieving their goals at the end of the study. In fact, how gratitude works is that you become more aware of how, when things don’t go your way, you can still find a way to learn from the experience or not be discouraged by it and move past it faster.
- IT MAKES YOU HAPPIER: Ultimately, if you sleep better, look better (as a benefit of exercising more), have more people like you (given your friendlier nature), you will be happier. Imagine, how a small change, done consistently over time, like entering a few lines of some of the things that you are grateful for can lead you to your happier better life!
Why not start now, and write down below what you are grateful for?