Many of us have lots to be grateful for but we never really think about it and tend to take good fortune for granted. However, people who feel grateful, even for little things each day are more patient and can make better decisions. Other potential benefits of feeling more grateful each day are outlined below.
- If you are in a relationship, showing gratitude could help improve it, increasing feelings of satisfaction and connectedness.
- Researchers have found correlations between gratitude and improved self-care. They suggest that perhaps being more grateful allows people to appreciate and care for their health, boosting positive behaviours such as visiting the doctor, eating healthily and doing exercise.
- Feeling grateful could help improve your sleep quality and the length of time you spend asleep. Apparently, it’s because you’re more likely to have positive thoughts before you go to sleep which may soothe your nervous system.
- Gratitude can help boost your willpower and impulse control, so you find the energy to refuse that second helping at dinner.
- Gratitude could help relieve depression. People who were prompted to think of three good things each day reported feeling less depressed and happier, sometimes in as little as a week or two.