10 ways gratitude improves your life

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:

  1. Expressing gratitude is linked to positive social, psychological and health outcomes like optimism, exercise, and feeling healthy.
  2. Saying thank you strengthens romantic relationships.
  3. People who are grateful for what they have are more likely to find meaning in life.
  4. Thanking a new acquaintance for their help makes that acquaintance more likely to want to be your friend.
  5. Gratitude and good sleep are connected.
  6. Writing letters expressing gratitude increases happiness.
  7. Counting one’s blessings can benefit depressed people who haven’t responded to medication.
  8. Gratitude increases self-esteem and decreases depression and suicidal thoughts.
  9. The more you practice gratitude, the more thankful you feel.
  10. Giving thanks can result in better mood, better sleep, less fatigue, and a healthier heart.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Satu Woodland is owner and clinician of Mental Health Solutions, an integrative mental health practice located at Bown Crossing in Boise, Idaho. She sees children, adolescents, and adults. Information in this blog is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your health care provider about decisions regarding your health.

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