Who would have known the simple words, “thank you,” can improve our entire well-being? Seriously though, why not? Just think about the times you’ve done nice things for someone. Doesn’t it feel great and so worth it when they show their appreciation? How did you feel when you’ve gone out of your way for someone who didn’t show an ounce of interest? Were your feelings any different?
Gratitude is Never-Ending
There are opportunities for gratitude all around us. From the moment you wake up, to the sweet smell of coffee, the lovely slippers you put on every morning, to the sunshine that’s helped elevate the mood that could start off a great day.
If you’re a mom, you may dread the screeching morning baby cries and hope these moments would pass and your baby would grow a little faster. Then the time comes and your baby is no longer a baby, but you suddenly wish you could have some of those moments back again, even if just for a moment. Hence, GRATITUDE! Enjoy all the moments, good and bad, with your family as much as you possibly can. They pass much too quickly!
Top 3 Reasons Gratitude is Good for You
There are 3 main reasons being grateful is good for your overall well-being:
It’s a known fact that thanking a total stranger can be a great way to start a conversation. It can show the other person that you’re friendly and open to communication.
Gratitude can help improve relationships in both your personal and career life. Think of the friends you surround yourself with. Do you want to be around someone who’s always down in the dumps? How do they make you feel? Then think about how positive, motivated, and inspired you feel around someone who’s happy, energetic, and have a great appreciation for life.
Gratitude can help set our career goals towards a positive direction. It helps create positive morale with our colleagues, increasing productivity, and creating stronger, more valuable working relationships.
As far as your health is concerned, we need to start with the mental benefits of gratitude. Your mental health, starting from your emotions can be responsible for your physiological processes. Gratitude helps reduce stress, which can cause many cognitive, physical, and behavioral problems.
Those who are grateful ere on the side of positive behavior, which means they are more likely to do things that are good for them and good for others around them. Gratitude also helps people sleep better, which makes a significant difference in day-to-day functions. Those who sleep well, tend to have happier, better days.
Have you ever heard someone say people who are happy live longer? When my grandma was in her early 60’s, she was already walking with a cane. She had hip problems and other health issues. Then she joined a senior program and fell in love with a man. After that, she was like a teenager in love!
My grandma’s health improved significantly. She lost her cane and started living life again. She was grateful for a second chance at life and lived it to the fullest!
People who are grateful, as mentioned before, live a more positive life. They tend to do things that are better for them, which typically enhances their body, their life, well-being, helping them towards a more fulfilling, hence, longer life.
Gratitude has a wonderful way of brightening any darkness in our life. Practice it with good intentions and reap the benefits!