As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s an excellent time to reflect on life. Aside from the delicious potatoes, pies and turkey, there are many benefits to giving thanks.
Robert Emmons, perhaps the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, argues that gratitude is an affirmation of goodness. Sociologist Georg Simmel called it “the moral memory of mankind.” According to the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, being grateful is a daily intrinsically motivating activity that can overcome even the severity of PTSD.
Additional research suggests gratitude contributes to a wide range of physical health benefits:
- a stronger immune system
- better sleep quality
- decreased feelings of stress
- increased feelings of belongingness
- stronger relationships
- better heart health
- reduced disease symptoms
- lower blood pressure
- reduced aches and pains.
In a study of teens, researchers have found that teens that are grateful have higher grades and are well behaved, happier, less materialistic, less envious and depressed, and more connected to their community.
– Giacomo Bono, Ph.D. and CSU psychology professor.
More gratitude may be precisely what our society needs to raise a generation that is ready to make a difference in the world.
Not convinced? Here’s a video on why gratitude works.
Gratitude, most importantly, is a choice.
The key is not to leave it on the Thanksgiving table…[and] with the realization that one has benefited comes the awareness of the need to reciprocate.
(Melinda Beck, Health Journal, The Wall Street Journal)
So how do you take that next step to feel gratitude? In the video below, Louie Schwartzberg shows us one way how.
So take a moment and ask yourself, what am I grateful for?
In the comments below let me know what are you grateful for?