The health benefits of gratitude

5 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude.

This month, the Carebook team is focused on the heart and that means more than just the amazing muscle that is pumping blood through your body.

The team also wants to address the idea of emotional health—gratitude as a great way to increase emotional health! In fact, research reveals that gratitude can have many benefits to your health and well-being.

Get a better sleep

Studies show that writing down a few things you’re grateful for before bedtime can help you sleep. (But use paper and a pen instead of a phone screen or laptop because the light from your devices can interfere with sleep.)

Improve your psychological health

Feeling grateful and expressing gratitude can decrease several toxic emotion, including envy and regret.

Enhance empathy

Cultivating empathy is a big focus in schools these days, and studies show that grateful people tend to exhibit more sensitivity to people in tough situations.

Open doors—personally and professionally

Just having good manners can help you build and maintain relationships, and from a professional standpoint, acknowledging others can lead to new opportunities.

Improve mental strength and physical health

Grateful people are more likely to take care of their bodies, contributing to longevity. As well, gratitude has been shown to reduce stress and can play a role in fostering resilience.

If you have a family, try making the practice of gratitude a family affair. Small things can have big impact. Reinforce the idea of saying “thank you” and try to bring focus to the good things that are happening day to day.