In our team meeting this morning we talked about taking time to be grateful and it got me thinking - is there science behind increased positive mental health and the development of an attitude of gratitude? With just a small amount of research - It appears that there could be, so here's brief overview of the benefits of being thankful:
1. It increases our self esteem - the need to compare ourselves to others in a negative way is reduced
2. It increases mental strength - thankful people have a greater resilience to stress
3. It improves physical health - grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier
4. It helps you sleep better - just jotting a few things you are thankful for before bed could enable you to sleep better and longer
5. It improves psychological health - negative emotions such as frustration, resentment, envy and regret are reduced the more we are thankful
6. It enhances empathy and reduces agression
7. It helps us win friends - thanking others not only is polite but actually helps us develop more friends
So - why not try it today. Make a list of things you're thankful for, take a walk and notice the beautiful world and give thanks for it, say thanks to your mum for cooking dinner, Go on - see what a difference it makes....
Thanks to Amy Morin and Forbes.com for this information.