We often tell our readers how important it is to say “thank you” on social media. Gratitude is an excellent social strategy (see point one below).
But gratitude is more than that. It’s an attitude and philosophy of life. When you are actively grateful, your life changes in mind-blowing ways. These are the powers of gratitude. Read on to find out more.
1. Gratitude Nurtures Relationships
A simple “thank you” goes a long way. People love to be thanked, and saying “thank you” is a fantastic excuse to contact anyone, whether you’re old friends or you’ve never met before.
Scientists call this the “Find, Remind, and Bind” theory of gratitude. In other words, being grateful can help you find new contacts and remind old contacts of your friendship. It also helps to bind active relationships.
If you want a strong network, start saying “thank you” today.
2. Gratitude Makes You Happy
It figures, right? When you’re ungrateful, you’re unsatisfied with your lot in life. You notice everything that’s wrong in the world. You focus on your problems. Your glass is half empty. The world becomes a dark and dismal place.
When you focus on what’s good about life, your mood lifts. You notice the colors, textures, sounds, and smells that are all around you. You see the world in all its glorious beauty.
Research shows that people who are actively grateful have higher levels of positive emotions, experience more joy and optimism, and feel less lonely.
Gratitude is a happy drug. Have you had your daily dose?
3. Gratitude Makes You a Better Person
Do you ever feel like you’d like to give time or money to a good cause? You can nurture that desire by being grateful for what you have. Scientists have crunched the numbers and discovered that people who practice gratitude are more likely to act with generosity and compassion.
4. Gratitude Helps the Good Things to Grow
This one’s not scientifically backed, but it’s something many people have noticed and I’ve seen in my own life. When you’re grateful for the good things in your life, you pay more attention to them. By paying them attention, you nurture them and help them to grow. So gratitude has a multiplying effect, and the good things in your life become even better.
5. Gratitude Improves Your Health
Research shows that people who practice gratitude on a regular basis have stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure. They also eat a healthier diet and are more likely to exercise regularly. All of these are huge health benefits.
Find Out More
Our main source for this article (in addition to our own experience) was the University of California, Berkeley’s Expanding Gratitude project, to whom we owe a big “thank you.” You can find out more about gratitude and read scholarly articles on the subject by checking out the project page. We also like this article.
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