Archive for June, 2016

Gratitude

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Having an Attitude of Gratitude can improve your life. Creating a culture of gratitude can improve your life in the following ways:

  1. Gratitude improves relationships. Saying thank you shows another person appreciation for what was given and may turn an acquaintance into a friend. Acknowledging other’s contributions can lead to possible collaborations on other projects or new shared opportunities. Expressing gratitude to others fosters reciprocity to us or similar kindnesses to others.
  2. Expressing gratitude can improve physical health and stamina in the body. In a study by Dr. Glen Affleck, Cardiac Arrest patients who blamed others for their heart attacks were more likely to suffer another attack within the next 8 years, while those who blamed their unhealthy lifestyles and eating habits for their heart attacks, increased their exercise time and improved their eating habits.
  3. Gratitude,if learned at an early age, can improve psychological health and makes us more receptive to other people. Also, grateful people tend to have a more positive recall bias than depressed people. They tend to recall positive aspects and pleasant memories from past events.
  4. Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression. In a 2012 University of Kentucky study showed that participants who ranked higher on gratitude scales were less likely to retaliate against others when criticized.
  5. Grateful people sleep better. Participants in a study who were asked to write down 7-10 positive things they experienced during the day, felt better rested the next day and reported getting more hours of sleep each night during the study.
  6. Gratitude improves self esteem: A 2014 study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology found that gratitude increased an athlete’s self-esteem which is pivotal for optimal performance.
  7. Gratitude increases mental strength: Gratitude not only reduces stress, but it also may play a major role in overcoming stress. Recognizing all you have to be thankful for-even during the worst times of one’s life-fosters resilience and mental strength.
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