Amber Allen

It is that time of year where we start saying what we are thankful for however, having an attitude of gratitude throughout the year can have many health benefits. Gratitude is defined as the appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to oneself; it is a general state of thankfulness and appreciation.  

In psychology research, gratitude has been linked with greater happiness. When someone practices gratitude it can lead to positive emotions, improved health, and can act as an antidote to stress.  Research also shows gratitude strengthens social relationships and improves sleep. Individuals express gratitude in multiple ways. Here are some ways to cultivate gratitude throughout the year: 

  • Create a gratitude journal.  
  • Think about someone you are grateful for.  
  • Writing/sending a letter to someone to show your appreciation.  
  • Be present in the moment.  
  • Write down three things you are grateful each day.  
  • Say thank you or write thank you notes.  

When gratitude is practice regularly it can have long-term impact on your health. Think about how you can include gratitude into your daily routine.