“If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.” – Roy T. Bennett
Gratitude is one thing we must wake up to show whether we feel like it or not.
Don’t wait till it’s that time of the year when you show gratitude to your maker and others before you take that extra effort to show it. A popular song says “count your blessings name them one by one”.
Research has it that being grateful has some tremendous scientific benefits to you and your general wellbeing. Interestingly, being grateful does not cost money, except you want to attach material gifts to it. Probably it’s the ego for some persons that stop them from saying thank you.
Since research shows that gratitude has benefits, I’ll rather be grateful to my maker, the people around me and for everything I have. I believe you should do so too.
The following benefits as published by Forbes are the scientifically proven benefits of gratitude.
- Gratitude opens the door to more relationships. Showing gratitude and appreciation for what someone did or for any favour shown towards you will give room for more to come in. It could help you win more friends. You’ll be amazed to see more things coming. They could either be similar things gotten from the same person or different from that which you got earlier. It works well and I can attest to it.
- Gratitude improves physical health Research shows that grateful people are healthier. Since they usually take life as it comes, they have this sense of contentment and they experience fewer aches and pains. To keep being healthy, you should try being grateful for the things you hav and believe that the ones you don’t have will come. It saves a lot of headaches and the tendency to be envious of others achievements.
- Gratitude improves psychological health. Gratitude helps to reduce so many negative emotions such as envy and regret, anger and frustration. In Forbes report, Robert A. Emmons, PhD, a leading gratitude researcher, has conducted multiple studies on the link between gratitude and well-being. His research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.
- Gratitude improves self-esteem. As published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology in 2014, Forbes reported that gratitude increased athlete’s “self-esteem”. You and I know that we need positive self-esteem in other to relate with others well. Self-esteem is also needed for better performance at workplaces, school, social gatherings. Being grateful for the current position will help maintain a positive vibe, rather than becoming resentful towards people who are richer, prettier or appear more composed than you. Grateful people, appreciate others accomplishments.
It now behoves you to channel your vibes and strength into being grateful at all times so that you can sleep better.