Gratitude is simply taking time to think about all the positive things in your life. Rather than ruminating on the negatives.
Gratitude may be one of the most overlooked tools for increasing happiness. Research shows it is the single most powerful method of increasing happiness.
Having an attitude of gratitude doesn’t cost any money. It doesn’t take much time. But the benefits of gratitude are enormous. Research reveals gratitude can have these seven benefits:
Positive psychology research has shown that gratitude touches on many aspects of our lives. Our emotions. Personality. Social dynamics. Career success and health. All of these can contribute to increasing our basic happiness
An example of these benefits of gratitude and how they work to improve happiness is illustrated in the image below.
1. Gratitude makes us happier.
A five-minute daily gratitude journal can increase your long-term well-being by more than 10 percent.
2. Gratitude makes people like us.
Gratitude makes us nicer, more trusting, more social, and more appreciative. As a result, it helps us make more friends and deepen our existing relationships.
Gratitude helps us socialize. It makes us seem nicer and strengthens our friendships and relationships.
3. Gratitude makes us healthier.
Believe it or not. Gratitude can positively affect our health in many ways. Check it out:
4. Gratitude boosts our career.
Gratitude makes you a more effective manager, helps you network, increases your decision-making capabilities, increases your productivity,
According to one study, 65% of Americans didn’t receive recognition in the workplace last year. bit more gratitude at work might be nice for us all.
5. Gratitude helps us bounce back.
We all get “down” at times. Depression. Anxiety. Loneliness. It happens to us all.
Gratitude is not going to make you magically “immune” to these negative feelings. They are a part of life’s experience. However, people who express gratitude are more resilient. Meaning they “bounce back” faster. These negative emotional swings simply do not last as long.
Those that have more gratitude have a more pro-active coping style, are more likely to have and seek out social support in times of need, are less likely to develop PTSD, and are more likely to grow in times of stress.