NEW YORK – Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive.
It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. But most of all, it is the best source for boosting your health and well-being.
1. Good For Teens Mental Health
Grateful teens are happier, according to a study that teens who are grateful are having a positive outlook on life, are more well-behaved at school and more hopeful than their less-grateful peers.
2. Boosts Well-Being
Being constantly mindful of all the things you have to be thankful for can boost your well-being, research suggests.
According the study, daily exercise practices and listing off all the things you are thankful for are linked with a brighter outlook on life and a greater sense of positivity.
3. Linked With Better Grades
Grateful high-school students have higher GPAs — as well as better social integration and satisfaction with life — than their not-grateful counterparts, according to a 2010 study in the Journal of Happiness Studies. Researchers also found that grateful teens were less depressed or envious.
4. Makes You A Better Friend To Others
According to a 2003 study, gratitude could also boost pro-social behaviors, such as helping other people who have problems or lending emotional support to another person.
5. Helps You Sleep Better
Writing down what you’re thankful for as you drift off to sleep can help you get better sleep, according to a study. Researchers found that when people spent 15 minutes jotting down what they’re grateful for in a journal before bedtime, they fell asleep faster and stayed asleep longer.
6. Strengthens Your Relationship
Being thankful for the little things your partner does could make your relationship stronger.
According to a study, about the thoughtful things your partner did was linked with a beneficial outcome on the relationship.
7. Benefits The Heart
Appreciation and positive emotions are linked with changes in heart rate variability.
8. Linked Better Immune Health
Gratefulness is linked with optimism, which in turn is linked with better immune health. University of Utah study showed that stressed-out law students who were optimistic had more immune-boosting blood cells than people who were pessimistic.