Did you know that November is National Gratitude Month? (Neither did we.) Instead of sharing gratitude only on Thanksgiving, we're going to shift our focus from the negative to the positive all month long. When we show gratitude, we gain a better understanding of ourselves and the world that surrounds us, but there are also plenty of physical and psychological benefits as well.
Better physical health.
People who practice gratitude tend to experience fewer aches and pains, report feeling healthier, and are more likely to attend regular check-ups. (No vitamin required.)
Improved mental state.
From envy to resentment, gratitude helps get rid of those toxic emotions. It can also lead to more happiness and less depression so you can live your best (and happiest) life.
We’re talking more sensitivity, less vindictiveness. There’s no time for negativity this holiday season.
Did you know that writing in a gratitude journal can help you sleep better and longer? *Orders new journal immediately*
Thankfulness can reduce social comparisons and improve your self-esteem. It’s like releasing your inner Michelle Obama.
Build mental strength.
Not only can gratitude reduce stress, but it can also help overcome trauma. That’s some powerful stuff.
So find a friend, family member, coworker, or stranger and thank them for something—and let's get this gratitude party started!
“7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201504/7-scientifically-proven-benefits-gratitude.