Can you name something that is good for your body and mind, reduces stress, and builds resiliency? Oh, and is free, and can be done anywhere?
Research shows that people that practice gratitude report improved sleep, self-esteem, performance, and psychological and physical health. Studies even show that short-term gratitude practices can have longer term benefits.
According to research by Robert Emmons, an American psychologist that has been a leader in the study of gratitude, individuals that practice gratitude report a host of benefits:
- Stronger immune systems
- Less bothered by aches and pains
- Lower blood pressure
- Exercise more and take better care of their health
- Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking
- Higher levels of positive emotions
- More alert, alive, and awake
- More joy and pleasure
- More optimism and happiness
- More helpful, generous, and compassionate
- More forgiving
- More outgoing
- Feel less lonely and isolated.