Gratitude is more than being thankful – it is a deeper appreciation for someone or something that produces longer-lasting positivity.
Studies have shown it can improve physical and mental health, providing improved sleep, better moods, more energy and increased resilience. It can reduce the stress hormone cortisol and can make you feel more relaxed.
Being grateful is a selfless act: it can make you less self-centred. It makes you feel good about yourself and can improve your self-esteem. It is a powerful tool for strengthening interpersonal relationships and can foster a more optimistic outlook.
Positive psychology research has shown that gratitude touches many aspects of our lives – emotions, personality, social dynamics, career success and health. All these contribute to increasing our basic happiness.