How gratitude can benefit your life

Thank youHappy Thanksgiving!

We all give thanks on this holiday. Cultivating gratitude throughout the year can have tremendous positive effects on your health and your relationships.

Here are seven scientifically proven benefits of gratitude, from an article by Amy Morin in Forbes.

1. Gratitude opens the door to more relationships. If you thank a new acquaintance, they are more likely to seek an ongoing relationship.

2. Gratitude improves physical health. Grateful people report feeling healthier than other people.

3. Gratitude improves psychological health. Gratitude increases happiness and reduces depression.

4. Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression. People who feel grateful are less likely to retaliate against others.

5. Grateful people sleep better. Writing in a gratitude journal improves your sleep.

6. Gratitude improves self-esteem. Grateful people don’t resent others’ accomplishments but are able to appreciate them.

7. Gratitude increases mental strength. Gratitude helps reduce stress, overcome trauma and make you more resilient.

So take a few moments to focus on all that you have–and give thanks.

You can read the entire article here.