Top Benefits of Gratitude

Top Benefits of GratitudeIn my previous post, I have talked about the reasons why we should practice Gratitude, now in this post I am going to list the Top Benefits of Gratitude.

There are many known benefits of gratitude. It makes us feel happier and content. It makes us more likable and it improves our health. Studies show that grateful people are generally healthier than ungrateful people. They have less physical pain, they have fewer physical symptoms, and they have better sleep quality. A study also proved that Gratitude helps keep our hearts healthy.

There are many other benefits of gratitude. It does not only make us happier and healthier, it makes us a mentally strong person, too.

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward

Here’s how gratitude can benefit you and how it can improve your mental strength:

1. Gratitude increases your confidence.

This is one of the top benefits of gratitude. It makes you mentally strong because it increases your confidence. When you have an attitude of gratitude, you do not waste your time feeling sorry for yourself. Gratitude allows you to see your life in a positive light. It helps you realize that you have something that people will kill for. (Learning How To Stop Feeling Sorry For Yourself With Easy Steps)

2. Gratitude helps you cultivate assertiveness.

Gratitude allows you to recognize your own value. Because of this, it empowers you to stand up for yourself and refuse to accept substandard treatment. Gratitude helps you develop fairness and kindness, but it also strengthens your mental strength helping you develop assertiveness.

3. Gratitude helps you forgive and move on from the past.

This is one of the top benefits of gratitude. Gratitude develops your mental strength by helping you move on from the past. When you’re thankful, it’s easier for you to look pass your previous mistakes and learn from them. Gratitude helps heal your past. It helps you forgive the people who have hurt you. It helps you stop dwelling on the past and empowers you to focus on your present and future.

4. Gratitude strengthens your positive emotions.

Gratitude helps you develop mental toughness by strengthening your positive emotions. It reduces the feelings of jealousy and helps you experience good feelings. It helps you develop a positive personality. It makes you more optimistic and less materialistic. It also improves your spirituality and your self-esteem. It also cultivates kindness and compassion.

5. Gratitude removes your sense of entitlement.

This is probably one of the most important benefits of gratitude. When you’re grateful, you won’t feel that the world owes you anything. Gratitude reduces your self-entitlement. Gratitude allows you to value hard work.

6. Gratitude improves your patience.

Thankfulness helps improve your mental strength by increasing your patience. When you’re grateful, you’ll find joy in patiently waiting for your dreams to come true. It will make you realize that you cannot achieve success overnight. You have to wait and work hard for it.

7. Thankfulness allows you to let go of things that you cannot control.

Gratitude helps you develop mental toughness that allows you to let go of things that you cannot control. Grateful and mentally strong people channel their energy on things that they can change and simply let go of things that they cannot change.

8. Gratitude helps you learn from your mistakes.

Gratitude helps you move past on from your past mistakes, but it also allows you to learn from them. When you’re thankful, you’ll realize how lucky you are to be given a second chance despite your mistakes so you will make sure that you don’t repeat the same mistakes in the future.
For example, you failed your final exam because you partied with your friends the night before your exam. Fortunately, your professor gave you a chance to redeem yourself via a remedial exam the following week and you’re thankful for it. This sense of gratitude will encourage you to avoid repeating the same mistake. It encourages you to study before the remedial exam instead of going to a club with your friends.

9. Thankfulness helps you embrace change.

Grateful and mentally tough people know that there’s nothing permanent in this world. They see change as an opportunity so instead of resisting it, they embrace it. They trust that changes will open an incredible new chapter of their life.

10. Gratitude helps you practice self-love and self-compassion.

Mentally strong and grateful people do not beat themselves up. In fact, they practice self-compassion regularly. They rest whenever they need to. They stand up against their inner critic as if they are fighting back a school bully.

11. Gratitude inspires you to use your time wisely.

This is perhaps one of the most important benefits of gratitude. It grounds you. When you practice gratitude, you realize that your time in this world is limited, so you use your time wisely. You do not waste your time seeking other people’s approval or controlling what other people think of you. You do not waste your time lurking on social media or living other people’s lives by watching movies and TV series. Gratitude allows you to focus on what’s important. It empowers you to use your time in reaching for your dreams and building happy relationships.

12. Gratitude makes you the master of your own happiness.

This is one of the benefits of gratitude. Grateful and mentally tough people know that they are the master of their own happiness. They do not waste time comparing themselves to others. They instead focus on making the best out of what they have. Mentally tough and grateful people do not let other people limit their joy and they also avoid limiting other people’s happiness. They avoid judging other people. They don’t waste time on envy so they’re genuinely happy for other people’s success. Remember: Gratitude can unlock our happiness.

There are hundreds of other benefits of gratitude. Gratitude helps you cultivate relationships. It helps improve your physical and psychological health. It also improves your empathy and reduces anger. Gratitude also helps improve your productivity at work which could possibly lead to promotion. It improves your sense of well-being. It also helps you cope with stress. Most of all, it increases your mental toughness.

Here are 4 Studies about Gratitude and his Benefits

Gratitude Benefits

1. Gratitude Influences Sleep Through the Mechanism of Pre-Sleep Cognitions

(2009, Wood, A. M., Joseph, S., Lloyd, J., & Atkins, S.)

The results of the current study provide evidence that pre-sleep cognitions mediate the relationship between trait gratitude and sleep quality.

When falling asleep, grateful people are less likely to think negative and worrying thoughts, and more likely to think positive thoughts.

It appears that negative pre-sleep cognitions impair sleep, and gratitude reduces the likelihood of such thoughts, protecting sleep quality.

Equally, it appears that positive pre-sleep cognitions have a positive effect on sleep and that gratitude facilitates these thoughts, leading to superior sleep quality

Full Study

2. Letters of Gratitude: Improving Well-Being through Expressive Writing.

Steven M Toepfer, Kathleen Walker.

Researchers have shown that about 40% of our happiness is accounted for by intentional activity whereas 50% is explained by genetics and 10% by circumstances.

Consequently, efforts to improve happiness might best be focused in the domain of intentional activity: willful and self-directed activity .

The current pilot study explored one such intentional activity composing letters of gratitude.

It was hypothesized that writing three letters of gratitude over time would enhance important qualities of subjective well-being in the author; happiness, life-satisfaction, and gratitude.
This study contributed to the literature by generating evidence that multiple letters of gratitude could not only sustain happiness, as proposed by the sustainable happiness model (Lyubomirsky, Sheldon, & Schkade, 2005) but improve both happiness and gratitude.
Results suggest the quality (expressive and gratitude directed) and quantity (three letters) of writing contribute to the cultivation of improved well-being.
Findings indicate that the emotionally driven construct of happiness improves most and improve more with continued writing.

Full Study

3. Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation of Gratitude and Subjective Well-Being in Daily Life

Robert A. Emmons, University of California, Davis and Michael E. McCullough, University of Miami.

The effect of a grateful outlook on psychological and physical well-being was examined.

In Studies 1 and 2, participants were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 experimental conditions (hassles, gratitude listing, and either neutral life events or social comparison); they then kept weekly (Study 1) or daily (Study 2) records of their moods, coping behaviors, health behaviors, physical symptoms, and overall life appraisals.

In a 3rd study, persons with neuromuscular disease were randomly assigned to either the gratitude condition or to a control condition.

The gratitude-outlook groups exhibited heightened well-being across several, though not all, of the outcome measures across the 3 studies, relative to the comparison groups.

The effect on positive affect appeared to be the most robust finding.

Results suggest that a conscious focus on blessings may have emotional and interpersonal benefits. 

Full Study

4. Positive psychology progress: empirical validation of interventions.

By Seligman, Martin E. P.; Steen, Tracy A.; Park, Nansook; Peterson, Christopher

According to this study: a one-time act of thoughtful gratitude produced an immediate 10% increase in happiness and 35% reduction in depressive symptoms, but the effects disappeared within six months and three months, respectively.

Participants were divided into groups and asked to do some different exercises, one of them was a Gratitude Visit.

Gratitude visit. Participants were given one week to write and then deliver a letter of gratitude in person to someone who had been especially kind to them but had never been properly thanked.

Results: participants in the gratitude visit condition were happier and less depressed. In fact, participants in the gratitude visit condition showed the largest positive changes in the whole study.

Full Study

So, to reap these fantastic and amazing benefits of gratitude, you must take the time to recognize your blessings.

Every morning, write down all the things that you are thankful for in a gratitude journal.

This activity will help you cultivate an attitude of gratitude and increase your mental and physical strength. It also helps you fight stress and helps you focus on the things that matter. Most of all, it makes you feel good!

Be Grateful You are Alive!

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