Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude

Why we should express gratitude during the holidays and year-round.

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The egregious history of our Thanksgiving holiday aside, it has become a day that brings loved ones together and motivates us to reflect upon those aspects of our lives for which we are grateful. Though it is beneficial to our overall well-being to do this every day, sometimes life happens. It’s easy to get so caught up with work, family, stress and the general craziness of our daily endeavors that we forget or simply don’t feel inclined to stop and express gratitude. This is why when presented with such an opportunity as Thanksgiving, we should seize it every single time.

The more thankful that we are, the more we’ll have to be thankful for. Not because of some mystical force that decides to bestow upon us more blessings as a reward — But simply because we’re looking for it. When we start to deliberately find things to appreciate, we’ll naturally realize the abundance of options we have from which to choose.

This goes for everything in life. We find what we’re looking for. If you want a reason to be angry, sad or unhappy, you won’t have to search very hard. It’s all there. It’s up to us to decide which sensations we’ll accentuate. Choose gratitude.

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Gratitude improves our current relationships and opens the door to new ones. A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected. That, in turn, makes us feel appreciated and cared for. This mutual sense of being valued creates an atmosphere where neither person feels taken for granted — which is relationship napalm.

Gratitude lessens the effect of toxic emotions. Hard to feel resentful after a car accident when we’re busy being thankful we’re alive. It improves our self-esteem, helps us practice kindness and even sleep better. These are only a few of the advantages of practicing gratitude that are supported by research.

It’s not always easy to find something to be thankful for. Even if we do, it can be overshadowed by the negativity resulting from difficult circumstances. Some days we may have to look harder than others, but it’s there.

Tired from work? Be thankful to have a job. Sad? Appreciate that such a feeling is what helps us recognize happiness. Be grateful for the lessons, strength and clarity derived from situations that challenge our internal fortitude.

Cultivate an impenetrable “attitude of gratitude.” Build upon it as often as you possibly can. It is one of the easiest, most potent methods for increasing the satisfaction that you feel with your life.

It doesn’t have to be anything particularly exceptional. We can be thankful for the mundane things that may seem insignificant in the grand scheme. We can appreciate things that are unquantifiable.

I am thankful for personal growth and evolution that has brought me to a place of feeling profound gratitude where apathy once resided.

Your turn.

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