Should we practice an attitude of gratitude?
In most cultures around the world, people may have the same value – that is saying thanks for whatever favor they receive.
The attitude of gratitude is mostly observed during Thanksgiving or Christmas Day. It is the time when we look back and reflect all the blessings we receive throughout the year.
But most people may have no idea that being thankful has a huge benefit to them.
The following benefits are what you can get if you practice gratitude:
The attitude of gratitude increases openness
Scientific studies found that gratitude makes people happy and sociable. For instance, in 2014, one study published in Emotion, suggests that showing gratitude or being grateful makes people want to develop friendship or relationship with others.
The attitude of gratitude boosts mental health
The reason is that being thankful can reduce negative emotions such as anger, frustration, and sadness. Dr. Robert Emmons, a gratitude researcher said that being thankful will make a person happy. Such happiness will, in turn, prevent or reduce stress and depression.
The attitude gratitude helps trauma recovery
In 2006, a study published in Behavior Research and Therapy found that war veterans who practice gratitude over time had a lower level of PTSD. In addition, gratitude was also instrumental among 9/11 terrorist attack victims for becoming resilient.
Gratitude boosts physical health
People who are thankful are happy. Their positive feelings made them experience less pain in their lives thus making them less vulnerable to diseases. In fact, a meta-analysis that was published in Personality and Individual Differences suggests that people who practice gratitude were healthier and happier than those who did not.
Gratitude helps people get better sleep
A study in 2011 published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being found that people who regularly write everything they were thankful for in their daily journal had better sleep. Being thankful would also mean being satisfied with what you have done after a long day.
The attitude of gratitude increases self-esteem
According to a 2014 study, people who were thankful for everything they have had a higher level of self-esteem. In addition, the same people had less amount of time comparing themselves with others.
Life offers us so much. We owe everything even do you complain about your current life circumstance. The truth is that the time you spend reading this article, that cell phone, tablet, or desktop you use to read this post are some of the things you should be thankful for.
Saying thanks will not cost you anything other than air and little energy. So why not practice the attitude of gratitude? This is a challenge to all of us.
And the best part of all, being grateful for all the blessings we received helps us become healthier both mentally and physically.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.