Saying thanks improves your well-being
Truth is, we're not wired to be naturally grateful. It requires practice. According Dr. Robert Emmons, author of "Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier" it takes 3 steps to be good at giving gratitude: recognizing what we’re grateful for, acknowledging it, and appreciating it.
The benefits of practicing gratitude have been well researched by many. It can strengthen relationships, improves health, reduces stress, and, in general, makes us happier. (Not bad for a couple of minutes a day).
Study: Counting Blessings Versus Burdens
Keeping a gratitude journal resulted in participants reporting: 16% fewer physical symptoms, 19% more time spent exercising, 10% less physical pain, 8% more sleep, and 25% increased sleep quality. See the research here.
Study: Gratitude Influences Sleep Through the Mechanism of Pre-sleep Cognitions
Gratitude correlated with improved sleep quality, less time required to fall asleep, and increased sleep duration. See the research here.
Video: Robert Emmons - Benefits of Gratitude