If you feel down or overwhelmed this holiday season, try and remember what makes you grateful. Studies show that the more positive experiences and good emotions you feel, the easier it will be for you to be happy, stay healthy, build relationships and deal with adversity in your life. Being thankful can:
Improve Your Relationships
Showing appreciation can help you gain new friends. Studies show that people will be more likely to spend more time with you if you express gratitude. If you have issues in your current relationship, feeling grateful toward your significant other can also help you feel a closer connection. Gratitude also helps to create new relationships.
Improve Your Self-Esteem
The more grateful you are, the less resentful you’ll be. Gratitude can also allow you to appreciate the accomplishments of others without comparing yourself.
Improve Your Physical Health
Studies have found that grateful people exercise more often and are more likely to get regular check-ups at the doctor – important factors when it comes to taking care of your health.
Help You Sleep Better
Having trouble sleeping? Try jotting down a list of things you’re grateful for before you hit the sack each night. Studies show that the more positive thoughts you have before you go to bed, the better you’ll sleep.
Increase Your Patience
Feelings of gratitude are associated with increased patience. Participants were given a choice to take a certain amount of cash immediately versus a greater amount later. Those who were more appreciative and happy were less likely to take the money now and more likely to wait for the greater amount down the road. In other words, people who feel grateful for everyday things are often more patient than those who don’t.