Thanksgiving is here. Isn’t it such a great holiday? It’s all about being with people you love and appreciating what you have.
This probably won’t come as a surprise to you, but even science is behind the idea that gratitude is good for you!
To celebrate Thanksgiving, here’s a roundup of some scientific findings about gratitude:
- Expressing gratitude is linked to positive social, psychological and health outcomes like optimism, exercise, and feeling healthy.
- Saying thank you strengthens romantic relationships.
- People who are grateful for what they have are more likely to find meaning in life.
- Thanking a new acquaintance for their help makes that acquaintance more likely to want to be your friend.
- Gratitude and good sleep are connected.
- Writing letters expressing gratitude increases happiness.
- Counting one’s blessings can benefit depressed people who haven’t responded to medication.
- Gratitude increases self-esteem and decreases depression and suicidal thoughts.
- The more you practice gratitude, the more thankful you feel.
- Giving thanks can result in better mood, better sleep, less fatigue, and a healthier heart.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!