7 Benefits of Gratitude
Practicing an “attitude of gratitude” makes you feel better about the daily stresses and frustrations we all encounter and it improves your health:
- Better sleep. Before your hit the sack, spend a few minutes counting your blessings, and you could sleep more soundly and longer.
- Better physical health. Lower blood pressure, improved immune function and less fatigue are just some of the physical benefits you could reap.
- Better mental health. Gratitude promotes a sense of well-being and can help ease depression. It can also improve resiliency.
- Greater willpower. Reflecting on what you’re grateful for before a meal can help you avoid the impulse to overeat.
- Improved self-esteem. Cultivating feelings of gratitude and focusing on all the good things in your life create positive feelings about yourself and your abilities.
- Better relationships. Saying “thank you” and showing appreciation can strengthen your relationships with your significant other, family and friends. And it can help you make new friends and build new healthy relationships.
- Improved self-care. Being aware of the good things in your life can promote behaviors like exercising regularly, eating a well-balanced diet, creating opportunities for “me time” and taking care of your own health.
The best part about gratitude is, it’s free! And it doesn’t take much time. Plus, the potential benefits are amazing!
About the Author
Shawn Taylor, BSN, RN-BC is the Clinical Director for Behavioral Health Outpatient Services