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16 Potential Benefits of the Gratitude Habit

I’ve been hearing more and more conversations revolving around gratitude in recent times. This is not just the simple thank you that many of us say in response to another person’s kindness or good deeds towards us.

But rather, what’s being encouraged is the habit of gratitude. This can be achieved by making an effort to regularly think about people, things and events that you’re grateful for. You can also create a gratitude lists or engage in gratitude journaling. You’ll even find apps that you can use for practicing gratitude!

I couldn’t think of a reason why being more thankful wouldn’t be good.

But what are really the benefits of making a habit of gratitude? According to scientific research, here are 16 potential benefits that you could receive by practicing gratitude.

16 Potential Benefits of the Gratitude Habit

1. You’ll be more likely to help others on their problems or provide emotional support.

2. Appreciation between romantic partners is essential in the maintenance of a happy relationship.

3. Gratitude can strengthen your relationships. It makes you and those you have relationships with feel more loved, cared for and valued.

4. You’ll feel less lonely.

5. A gratitude habit can improve your sleep. You’ll sleep more and will experience better sleep.

6. Your stress level could decrease over time.

7. The gratitude habit could lead to fewer physical health symptoms such as headaches or stomach problems.

8. You’ll be more willing to forgive.

9. Being thankful can be effective in helping you cope when you’re dealing with problems. You’ll have the tendency to focus on the positive aspects of your life when you’re grateful and will be more willing to deal with your problems (instead of avoiding them).

10. Being more grateful can lead to a decrease in materialism.

11. You may experience fewer negative emotions when you’re grateful.

12. Thankfulness can improve your mood and make you feel happier.

13. It can increase your self-esteem and can help improve how you see yourself.

14. You’ll feel more satisfied with your life.

15. You’ll be more optimistic.

16. You’ll feel better about your life.

 

Are you willing to try the gratitude habit? If you’re currently practicing gratitude, what method are you using and what benefits have you experienced?

 

Sources:

Emmons, Robert A., McCullough, Michael E. “Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation of Gratitude and Subjective Well-Being in Daily Life.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. 84, 2003, pp. 377-389.

Gordon, Amie M., Impett, Emily A., Kogan, Aleksandr, Oveis, Christopher, Keltner, Dacher. “To have and to hold: Gratitude promotes relationship maintenance in intimate bonds.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. 103, 2012, pp. 257-274.

Jackowska, Marta, Brown, Jennie, Ronaldson, Amy, Steptoe, Andrew. “The impact of a brief gratitude intervention on subjective wellbeing, biology and sleep.” Journal of Health Psychology, vol. 21, 2016, pp. 2207–2217.

Lin, Chih-Che. Impact of gratitude on resource development and emotional well-being.” Social Behavior and Personality, vol. 43, 2015, pp. 493-504.

O’Connell, Brenda H., O’Shea, Deirdre, Gallagher, Stephen. “Mediating effects of loneliness on the gratitude-health link.” Personality and Individual Differences, vol. 98, 2016, pp. 179–183.

Rash, Joshua A., Matsuba, M. Kyle, Prkachin, Kenneth M., “Gratitude and Well-Being: Who Benefits the Most from a Gratitude Intervention?” Applied Psychology: health and Well-being, vol. 3, 2011, pp. 350–369.

Tsang, Jo-Ann, Carpenter, Thomas P., Roberts, James A., Frisch, Michael B., Carlisle, Robert D. “Why are materialists less happy? The role of gratitude and need satisfaction in the relationship between materialism and life satisfaction.” Personality and Individual Differences, vol. 64, 2014, pp. 62–66.

Wood, Alex M., Froh, Jeffrey J., Geraghty, Adam W. A. “Gratitude and well-being: A review and theoretical integration.” Clinical Psychology Review, vol. 30, 2010, pp. 890–905.

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