5 Health Benefits of Gratitude

Did you know that there is one thing you can do to help your mindset, stress, and anxiety during uncertain times?

We can definitely say these are uncertain times.

COVID

Elections

Schools - Some students are in person, and some are online.

Churches - Some churches are still not meeting.

Fires

Hurricanes

The divorce rate is up.

And the list goes on and on.

However, being thankful and showing gratitude is one thing that will bring positive energy and help you have a positive attitude.

I know it’s not Thanksgiving yet, but if we can live a life of gratitude before and after Thanksgiving, we will live our lives for the better.

Even 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us: Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

There is a reason why we are instructed to be thankful. I believe God tells us to be thankful because He knows that there are many benefits emotionally, spiritually, and even physically.

5 Health Benefits of Gratitude

1. Improves sleep quality.

According to a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. If you spend just 15 minutes writing down a few things you are grateful for before bed, you may sleep better and longer.

There was a woman that I was meeting with that was having such a hard time sleeping. So many stresses and feelings ran through her head right before bed. I had her write down every negative thing that she was thinking about and how it made her feel and then burn the paper that she had written everything down on. Then I had her come back and write down 15 to 20 things she was thankful for. She said she had such peace and started sleeping through the night.

2. Decreases blood pressure.

This is especially true if you struggle with hypertension, which is high blood pressure.

3. Increases energy level.

I have experienced this. When I feel down or have low energy, if I begin just saying out loud things I am thankful for, I begin to feel a shift in my energy. You should try it!

4. Reduce stress and depressive symptoms.

Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, ranging from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., 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. (https://www.forbes.com/sites/amymorin)

5. Helps you live longer.

That makes sense if being thankful reduces stress and depression, gives you more energy, decreases blood pressure, and helps you sleep better; you will be living longer. Not only will you longer, but you will also live happier.

To help you start living with gratitude and living longer, here are five things you can do:

1.Give out compliments

Get your eyes off of yourself, look around, and be intentional about giving out compliments. Here are a few phrases you can use:

  • I appreciate you.

  • You are the most perfect you there is.

  • You are enough.

  • You're all that and a super-size bag of chips.

  • On a scale from 1 to 10, you're an 11.

  • Everything would be better if more people were like you.

2. Start a gratitude journal.

You might have more than one. Keep one by your bed and one on your desk, but commit to writing in it every day.

3. Volunteer in your community or your church.

Serving others always causes you to be thankful.

4. Do small random acts of kindness.

Do something for someone else, not expecting anything in return.

5. SMILE!

Just smiling at someone can brighten their day as well as yours. I know it is hard for others to see your smile with a mask on, but smile anyway; it will do something good in you too. Who knows, they might see the smile and kindness in your eyes.

Don’t be overcome by the chaos and craziness that is going on around you. Be an overcomer by being intentional to live with gratitude.


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