Gratitude

7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude

The number one thing that mentally strong people don’t do is waste time feeling sorry for themselves. And while it can be hard to avoid self-pity at times, choosing to exchange self-pity for gratitude could be one of the most instrumental things you can do to improve your life.

Whether you choose to write a few sentences in a gratitude journal, or you simply take a moment to silently acknowledge all that you’ve been given, giving thanks could transform your life. Here are seven scientifically proven benefits of gratitude:

1. Gratitude opens the door to more relationships. Not only does saying “thank you” constitute good manners, but showing appreciation can help you win new friends, according to a 2014 study published in Emotion. The study found that thanking a new acquaintance makes them more likely to seek an ongoing relationship. So whether you thank a stranger for holding the door or you send a quick thank-you note to that co-worker who helped you with a project, acknowledging other people’s contributions can lead to new opportunities.

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