We’ve all been around those people – they seem to have a pretty good life, with lots of money, a good job, people to love and support them, and perfect health – but somehow they still don’t seem grateful for anything. They complain about everything, big and small. That’s not to say they don’t have problems, and everyone complains at some time. But studies show that showing gratitude can do a lot for your mood and even your overall health.
Gratitude is good for your relationships
Anyone who has been in a relationship where there is no gratitude will be able to tell you what a difference it can make. It is wonderful when you are grateful for both the little and the big things the people in your life do for you, and isn’t it satisfying when the people in your life acknowledge how grateful they are for you, too?
Gratitude is good for your physical and mental health
Research has shown that people who practice gratitude have lower levels of stress, less depression, and manage adversity better. All of these psychological benefits are bound to have a positive effect on your health. People who are grateful tend to sleep better, and studies show that gratitude can boost your immunity and decrease the risk of disease. Just the act of being grateful may not help someone recover from a life-changing and potentially devastating disease (or can it?), but it can make life a little more bearable for those with health problems – and practicing gratitude is certainly more healthy than sitting around and counting all of the things that are wrong with your life.
It can be difficult to feel grateful for what you have, especially if you are going through a hard time. But getting in the “gratefulness habit” can end up making a big difference in how you look at life. It may be a difficult habit to adopt, but it has many benefits, doesn’t take a great amount of time out of each day, and it’s even free! At Wasatch Crest Treatment in Heber, Utah, gratitude is an important part of staying healthy and happy. Call (800) 385-3507.