Research on gratitude suggests that a conscious focus on blessings has emotional and interpersonal benefits.
We can foster a healthy sense of well-being through a habitual focusing on and appreciation of the positive aspects of life and those around us.
People who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits:
• Stronger immune systems
• Less bothered by aches and pains
• Lower blood pressure
• Exercise more and take better care of their health
• Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking
• Higher levels of positive emotions
• More alert, alive, and awake
• More joy and pleasure
• More optimism and happiness
• More helpful, generous, and compassionate
• More forgiving
• More outgoing
• Feel less lonely and isolated.
Source: Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_gratitude_is_good/