How Gratitude Can Boost Your Happiness

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Inhale Blessings and Exhale Happiness

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Ever wondered why all the hype about gratitude? There’s been a lot of research in recent years showing How Gratitude Can Boost Your Happiness. Read on to find out why gratitude is much more than just being thankful.

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Inhale blessings and exhale happiness

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Gratitude is like a box of Godiva chocolates. Wickedly rich and smooth; they make your taste buds dance. The unforgettable yummy flavor lingers long after eating them.

Starting a daily practice of gratitude will change you. It will infuse your life with an appreciation for all you have that you may have overlooked before. This in turn will result in you being both happier and healthier.

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“The Amazing Benefits of Gratitude”

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The Power of Gratitude

If you think gratitude is some new-age fad, let’s look at what the medical experts say about it:


Harvard Medical School in this article states:

“Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”

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The Mayo Clinic in this post also states:

“A daily gratitude practice has been shown to significantly increase your happiness — and your physical health. Practicing gratitude improves sleep, boosts immunity, and decreases the risk of disease.”

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In this post, ScienceDaily.com has this to say about gratitude:

“Numerous studies show that expressing and experiencing gratitude increases life satisfaction, vitality, hope, and optimism. Moreover, it contributes to decreased levels of depression, anxiety, envy, and job-related stress and burnout. Perhaps most intriguing is that people who experience and express gratitude have reported fewer symptoms of physical illness, more exercise, and better quality of sleep.”

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How gratitude can boost your happiness

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The Benefits of Gratitude

It’s common knowledge that gratitude is good for your overall wellbeing as it promotes a positive mindset.

But did you know that there are many health benefits to gratitude as well?

Here are a few health bonuses to showing gratitude:

  • Improves heart health
  • Lowers the risk of heart attacks and strokes
  • Results in better sleep
  • Decreases pain levels
  • Reduces anxiety and depressions
  • Develops resilience

This improved wellness may encourage better lifestyle choices like starting a healthy eating plan, committing to daily exercise, and being more sociable.

A practice of gratitude brings to the forefront positive values that often get suppressed in the busyness of life.

Gratitude has many wellness benefits such as:

  • Results in selflessness
  • Encourages kindness
  • Reduces stress
  • Boosts positivity
  • Improves confidence and self esteem
  • Makes you happier


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Be sure to read
“5 Simple Keys to Happiness & Joy”

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How to Practice Gratitude

Here are 20 simple ways to show gratitude:

1.   Keep a gratitude journal

2.   Say meaningful thank you’s 

3.   Do a random act of kindness every day

4.   Pay compliments to brighten up the day for someone

5.   Prioritize family time

6.   Send thank you notes to the important people in your  life

7.   Email a company about the excellent service given by a staff member

8.   Watch inspiring videos that encourage gratitude

9.   Take your parents on a date to do something they enjoy

10. Run errands for elderly neighbors

11. Babysit for a single mom

12 .Volunteer your time at an orphanage

13. Bring a sandwich to work for a colleague

14. Send flowers to a friend who’s going through a tough time

15. Share gratitude messages with friends and family via social media

16. Give a gift to someone for no reason at all

17. Hand out socks to the homeless

18. Smile and make eye contact when shopping

19. Give your family and friends the support they need

20. Donate to charity

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Inspirational Gratitude Quotes

Here are a few quotes that sum up the essence of gratitude:

“Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.”
-Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

-Oprah Winfrey

“It’s not happiness that brings us gratitude. It’s gratitude that brings us happiness.”
-Author Unknown

“If you want to find happiness, find gratitude.”
Steve Maraboli

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Conclusion

It’s clear that gratitude and happiness are like parts of a powerful equation that we all need to tap into. I hope you enjoyed these reasons why you would want to develop a gratitude habit.

Please leave your thoughts in the comments below. And, be sure to share this on your social media.

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