Benefits of Practicing Gratitude

There are health benefits to being thankful.

‘Tis the season to be thankful. Though it may be seen as an uplifting tradition, the simple practice of gratitude can have a more significant impact than one might think.

According to various studies, taking a moment to practice gratitude — the act of being thankful — can influence aspects of your mental health1 and, surprisingly, your physical health. Gratitude, appreciation and optimism have been found to help:

  • Boost your mood2
  • Manage stress, anxiety and depression34
  • Improve sleep quality5
  • Increase immune function6
  • Reduce cardiovascular health risks7

With all these benefits, gratitude does not need to be restricted to one day a year. Instead, it is something worth implementing into your everyday health routine. Some easy forms of gratitude include:

  • Journaling: Start by writing down one thing you are grateful for before bed.
  • Sharing with others: Let others know when you are grateful for something they bring to the moment.
  • Mental practice: Try taking a minute of gratitude — this can be a moment of quiet when you meditate, fall asleep, eat lunch, or even start a meeting.

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  1. Frontiers in Psychology. A Potential Role for mu-Opioids in Mediating the Positive Effects of Gratitude. Accessed November 7, 2022. 
  2. Frontiers in Psychology. Gratitude as Mood Mediates the Effects of a 6-Weeks Gratitude Intervention on Mental Well-Being: Post hoc Analysis of a Randomized Controlled Trial. Accessed November 7, 2022.
  3. American Psychological Association. The role of gratitude in the development of social support, stress, and depression: Two longitudinal studies. Accessed November 7, 2022.
  4. Psychotherapy Research. Does gratitude writing improve the mental health of psychotherapy clients? Evidence from a randomized controlled trial. Accessed November 7, 2022.
  5. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. A systematic review of gratitude interventions: Effects on physical health and health behaviors. Accessed November 7, 2022. 
  6. Psychological Science. Optimistic Expectancies and Cell-Mediated Immunity: The Role of Positive Affect. Accessed November 7, 2022. 
  7. American Psychological Association. A Grateful Heart is a Healthier Heart. Accessed November 7, 2022.