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BENEFITS OF THANKFULNESS

Thankfulness has proven to improve the overall quality of our lives in multiple areas, especially our mental health. Here are some of the benefits.

THANKFULNESS/GRATITUDE HELPS US:

  • Reduce depressive symptoms

  • Increase sleep quality

  • Increase feelings of happiness and wellbeing

  • Increase psychological well-being

  • Improve our self esteem

  • Increases spirituality

  • Enhance positive emotions

  • Keep suicidal thoughts and attempts at bay

  • Increase our energy

  • Increase your frequency of exercise

  • Develop a strong immune system (health)

  • Decrease blood pressure

  • Reduce and cope with negative stress

  • Eat healthier

  • Strengthen family relationships in times of stress

  • Makes us more optimistic

  • Makes us more effective managers

  • Helps us to find meaning in our work

  • Reduce impatience and improve decision-making

  • Improve work-related mental health and reduce stress

  • Makes us more giving (to self and to others)

  • Increase productivity

  • Improve job performance

  • Become more likable

  • Reach goals faster

  • Reduce negative emotions such as envy, hatred, and anger

  • Increase positive emotions such as love and empathy

  • Have deeper friendships

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3 STEPS TO BOOST THANKFULNESS

  1. Close your eyes and picture three people who made a difference in your life. Whether they are alive or not, think about them and how grateful you are that these people made an impact on you.

  2. Send a positive, encouraging text to someone right now, thanking that person for something he or she has done for you.

  3. Share something you are thankful for 

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INFORMATION REFERENCES:

7.  (DeSteno, Li, Dickens, & Lerner, 2014)

8.  (Lashani, Shaeiri, Asghari-Moghadam, & Golzari, 2012)

9.  (DeSteno, Bartlett, Baumann, Williams, & Dickens, 2010)

10. (Urgesi, Aglioti, Skrap, & Fabbro, 2010)

11. (Amin, 2014)

12. (Chih-Che Lin, 2017)

  1. (Hill, Allemand, & Roberts, 2013)

  2.  (Millstein, Celano, Beale, Beach, Suarez, Belcher, … & Huffman, 2016)

  3. (Emmons & McCullough, 2003)

  4. (Jackowska, Brown, Ronaldson, & Steptoe, 2016)

  5. (Seligman et al., 2005)

  6. (Dik, Duffy, Allan, O’Donnell, Shim, & Steger, 2015)