Make Gratitude a Habit

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:

 

Physical
• 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

Psychological
• Higher levels of positive emotions
• More alert, alive, and awake
• More joy and pleasure
• More optimism and happiness

Social
• 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/

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