Researchers often say that gratitude is good for your health.
There’s a school at University of California, Berkeley called the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) that studies happiness and compassion, and gratitude is a frequent area of interest. A few years ago, GGSC launched a project called Thnx4.org, which asked participants every day for two weeks what they were grateful for and how long they’d felt thankful. The result? When participants felt more gratitude on a particular day, they felt more positive than negative emotions that day. Those who completed the surveys daily for the entire 14 days also demonstrated a significant uptick in gratitude and happiness, along with a higher resilience to stress; and they noted fewer physical ailments, such as headaches, congestion, stomach pain, and cough or sore throat. While this study was for a short duration and small number of people, it demonstrates that there may be some inward positive effects of practicing (and tracking) gratitude.
Are you ready to feel healthier, happier and more thankful this year? Here are some ideas to add to your calendar that may help you feel more gratitude.