7 benefits of being grateful for what you have

It’s very easy to say to someone, whom is in a trouble right now: “hey dude, just stop feeling sorry for yourself, and let pick yourself together”, but actually, there is a power in the capability to change the point of view in one’s situation. Mentally strong people use to exchange self-pity for gratitude. When you choose to write a few sentences in a gratitude journal or simply take a moment to silently acknowledge all that you have, giving thanks can transform life a better way.

Here are 7 scientifically proven benefits of gratitude:

1. Gratitude opens the door to more relationships

Being thankful, and showing apprecition can help you get new friends, according to a 2014 study published in Emotion. So whether you thank a stranger for holding the door or send a thanks-a-lot note to that colleague who helped you with a project, acknowledging other people’s contributions can lead to new opportunities.

2. Gratitude improves physical health

Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier than other people, according to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences.

3. Grateful people sleep better

Writing in a gratitude journal improves sleep, according to a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. Spend just 15 minutes jotting down a few grateful sentiments before bed, and you may sleep better and longer.

4. Gratitude improves psychological health

Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, from envy and resentment to frustration and regret.

5. Gratitude improves self-esteem

A 2014 study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology found that gratitude increased athletes’ self-esteem, an essential component to optimal performance.

6. Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression

Study participants who ranked higher on gratitude scales were less likely to retaliate against others, even when given negative feedback. They experienced more sensitivity and empathy toward other people and a decreased desire to seek revenge.

7. Gratitude increases mental strength

For years, research has shown gratitude not only reduces stress, but it may also play a major role in overcoming trauma. A 2006 study published in Behavior Research and Therapy found that Vietnam War veterans with higher levels of gratitude experienced lower rates of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Via Psychology Today

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