How exactly does gratitude make you happy and healthy?
The emotion of gratitude has powerful benefits to your overall health and well-being and helps you to feel more connected to others.
Just saying the simple words “thank you” can lift you out of your own individual concerns and serve to remind you of the joy and happiness others bring to your life.
When you express gratitude, it’s as if your brain steps on the “emotional brakes”. Suddenly, the emotions of sadness, self-pity or stress—that were driving you—are slowed and enable you to cope with stressful circumstances and be more resilient in the face of challenges.
A second reason to pause and express gratitude is that even simple expressions of gratitude can have long-lasting effects on those who receive them. When people feel valued they are more likely to help others.
Scientists now recognize that gratitude is one of the most powerful and healthiest of human emotions. Studies at University of Miami, UC Davis, and other universities successfully demonstrate that remembering to be grateful for what you have in life can greatly outweigh any sadness, stress, or challenges you might currently be experiencing.
Learn more about the powerful healing benefits of gratitude and practical tools for developing greater health and happiness in my first book The Five Secrets for Achieving Authentic Health and Happiness.
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Your Happiness Professor
Author of “Science of a Happy Brain”
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