“Count your blessings” may have become a trite phrase, but there’s wisdom in the cliché. Research has shown that developing an attitude of gratitude can have positive benefits in nearly every area of our lives. Cultivating the characteristic of gratitude is something anyone can do to improve their satisfaction with life, their interactions with others, and even their general health. Here are just four of the many benefits of gratitude.
Gratitude is Good for Your Relationships
Showing appreciation and a positive attitude makes others want to be around you. Whether you’re at home, work, or among strangers, saying thank you and acknowledging the contributions of others makes you stand out. Studies indicate that showing gratitude can strengthen your current relationships and even pave the way to build new relationships.
Gratitude is Good for Your Self-Esteem
Gratitude makes you less likely to compare yourself to others. A grateful attitude makes it easier for you to appreciate what you have, and to feel happy for others when they experience something good in their lives. Characteristics like these help you to feel good about yourself and improve your sense of self-worth.
Gratitude is Good for Your Mood
Grateful people tend to be happier and feel more optimistic. This may be partly because gratitude reduces feelings like envy, resentment, stress, and frustration—feelings that can cause us emotional discomfort. Gratitude can even ease mental health conditions like depression and anxiety—although you should always seek professional help for these types of mental health conditions if you feel you need it.
Gratitude is Good for Your Resilience
People with higher levels of gratitude are better able to cope with difficulties that life throws their way. Being grateful increases mental and emotional strength, allowing you to withstand hard times and recover from trauma.
Gratitude has a host of other benefits too, from better sleep to more positive social behaviors. No matter what your situation, cultivating a sense of gratitude (which we’ll cover in our next post ‘7 Ways to Develop an Attitude of Gratitude‘) can help you to experience greater happiness and better mental, physical, and emotional health.