As Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, we find ourselves sitting back and recapping all the things we are thankful for such as: our health, our family, and much more. But why should we just do this on Thanksgiving? Shouldn’t we be thankful all year around? Thankful people are happier people. Several studies show that gratitude has the ability to make us healthier, to increase levels of joy, pleasure and happiness, and to reap social benefits. Gratitude opens the door to more relationships. Not only does saying “thank you” constitute good manners, but showing appreciation can help you win new friends, according to a 2104 study published in Emotion. The study found that thanking a new acquaintance makes them more likely to seek an ongoing relationship. Gratitude also improves physical health. Grateful people experience fewer aches and pain and they report feeling healthier than other people. Gratitude is also linked to a better psychological health. Gratitude reduces toxic emotions and leads to a greater well-being. Gratitude can also improve self-esteem. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology found that gratitude increased athlete’s self-esteem, which is an essential component to optimal performance. Other studies have shown that gratitude reduces social comparisons. Rather than becoming resentful toward people who have more money or better jobs – which is a major factor in reduced self-esteem- grateful people are able to appreciate other people’s accomplishments.
So after learning all these benefits that being thankful year around can bring, how can you get started?
5 Ways to Stay Thankful Through the Year
1. Keep a Gratitude Journal
2. Let Someone Know They Inspired You
3. Say “Thank You” More
4. Write Someone a Thank You Note
5. Take Care of Yourself
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