Mental health benefits of gratitude

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Health Assured team

27 April 2023

Gratitude is a feeling of appreciation or thankfulness for something that has been given or received. It involves recognizing and acknowledging the good things in one's life, as well as expressing gratitude towards others who have contributed to one's wellbeing and happiness.

Gratitude is often associated with positive emotions such as joy, contentment, and satisfaction, and is believed to have numerous benefits for mental and physical health.


How to show gratitude?

Say "thank you": Expressing gratitude can be as simple as saying "thank you" to someone who has done something kind or helpful for you.

Write a thank-you note: Take the time to write a handwritten note to someone who has made a positive impact on your life. This can be a friend, family member or a fellow student.

Practice gratitude journaling: Take a few minutes each day to write down things you are grateful for. This can be anything from a sunny day to a kind gesture from a loved one.

Give compliments: Let others know when you appreciate their hard work, thoughtful actions, or positive qualities.

Volunteer: Giving back to your community can give you a sense of gratitude for the opportunity to help others.


5 mental health benefits of gratitude


  1. Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Gratitude helps to reduce stress and anxiety by shifting our focus from negative thoughts to positive ones. When we feel grateful, we are less likely to dwell on our problems and worries, and more likely to focus on the good things in our lives. This can lead to a greater sense of calm and relaxation, which can reduce stress and anxiety.


  1. Improves Mood

Gratitude has been shown to improve mood by increasing positive emotions like happiness and joy. When we focus on the good things in our lives, we are more likely to feel happy and content. This can lead to a greater sense of wellbeing and a more positive outlook on life.


  1. Enhances Resilience

Gratitude can also enhance resilience, which is the ability to bounce back from difficult situations. When we focus on the positive aspects of our lives, we are better equipped to handle challenges and setbacks. We are more likely to find solutions to problems and to be able to view difficult situations in a more positive light. This can help us to cope with stress and adversity, and to develop greater resilience.


  1. Improves Relationships

Gratitude can also improve our relationships with others. When we express gratitude towards others, we show them that we appreciate and value them. This can lead to stronger, more positive relationships with our friends, family, and peers. Additionally, when we feel grateful for the good things in our lives, we are more likely to be kind and compassionate towards others, which can further improve our relationships.


  1. Boosts Self-Esteem

Practicing gratitude can also boost our self-esteem. When we focus on the good things in our lives and feel grateful for them, we are more likely to feel good about ourselves. This can lead to greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image.


Overall, practicing gratitude can have a powerful impact on our mental health and wellbeing. If you are looking for a simple yet effective way to improve your mental health, consider starting a gratitude practice today. Whether it's writing in a gratitude journal, expressing gratitude to others, or simply taking a few moments each day to reflect on the good things in your life, the benefits of gratitude are well worth the effort.

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