Benefits of Gratitude

As we begin the holiday season by reflecting on what we’re grateful for, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for being a part of the Mindstrong community.

We understand your holidays may look a little different this year, so it’s even more important to remember to carve out time to practice gratitude. Did you know expressing gratitude has an array of psychological, social, and physical benefits?

 

Psychological Benefits

  • Sense of well-being
  • Happiness
  • Optimism
  • Life satisfaction
  • Goal achievements
  • Lowers stress and depression

 

Social Benefits

  • Strengthens relationships
  • Promotes new relationships
  • Increases social support

 

Overall Physical Health

  • Energy level
  • Active lifestyle
  • Quality of sleep
  • Immunity

 

In short, carving out time to practice gratitude can make you happier and healthier! Here are a few tips to help you get started cultivating gratitude in your everyday life:

  1. Every day write down a list of 5 things for which you are truly grateful
  2. Send detailed thank you notes/emails/texts
  3. Let someone know how they have positively impacted you
  4. Point out acts of kindness
  5. Create a gratitude collage
  6. Spend a few minutes reflecting on the things you are grateful for in your life
  7. Thank everyone who helps you with something
  8. Tell your loved-ones one thing you are grateful for each day
  9. Do an act of service to show your appreciation
  10. Post on social media something for which you are grateful