Benefits to Practicing Gratitude

Relationships
  • Stronger, more committed, more equitable, and more satisfying connections with others
  • More compassionate, altruistic, generous, helpful, and empathetic towards others
  • Stronger community connections
  • Greater sense of Interconnectedness with others
  • Decreased feelings of loneliness
  • Increased propensity for forgiving others
  • Stronger sense of social bonds and a "pay it forward" attitude towards others
  • More positive feelings by students and teachers about their schools

Emotional Well-Being

  • Increased feelings of Happiness, joy, contentment, optimism, enthusiasm, eagerness, enthusiasm & satisfaction
  • Increased self-esteem, self-worth, confidence & feelings of accomplishment
  • Increased propensity for living more in line with one's values & moving forward from challenging events
  • Increased resiliency
  • More easily recover from traumatic events, PTSD and cancer treatment
  • Decreased feelings of envy, jealousy, judgment, anger, fear, defensiveness and resentment,
  • Less focus on materialism
  • Decreased Emotional fatigue
  • Diminished Invidious comparisons to others
  • Counteracted Hedonic Adaptation & feeling less let down after an especially happy event

Physical Health
  • Increased energy & vitality
  • Stronger Immune system
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Less aches and pains
  • Decreased stress levels
  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Reduced symptoms of illness
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased motivation to Focus on one's health