‘Tis the Season to be Grateful

‘Tis the Season to be Grateful

Sarah Arner, Reporter

No matter where you live across the globe, everyone’s health is benefited from having gratitude daily, especially during this season of giving. Gratitude can improve your mental health, physical health, and your sleeping habits.

Having gratitude is not only a demonstration of politeness but can have several positive impacts on our daily lives. There are many different ways to express gratitude. Halle Mullins (9) said, “We can show gratitude by just expressing our appreciation for the people around us, giving someone a note or card, sending them a nice text, or simply saying “thank you” every now and then.”

Expressing gratitude reduces stress and increases happiness. Katie Brewer (9) commented, “Gratitude definitely reduces my stress levels. It helps me have a positive outlook on life, so I do not get as stressed.” Katie continued, “I feel way happier when I express happiness towards others. It makes me glad that I can show appreciation for them after all they have done for me.”

When we express gratitude for others, it makes us and the receiver of our gratitude feel happier. Halle remarked, “It makes me feel accomplished and happy when people express gratitude for the things I do for them. It shows me that the things I do are noticed and someone appreciates them.”

In a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences, it was shown that grateful people have a desire to keep up with and take care of their physical health. It was also shown that grateful people are more likely to exercise, eat healthy, and see the doctor for check-ups.

It is proven that people who regularly express gratitude will deal better with anger and have reduced stress levels that will help them sleep better. In a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, it was shown that writing in a gratitude journal before going to bed can help people have long, high-quality sleep. Halle Mullins said, “I have kept a gratitude journal and it has shown me how many things I take for granted.”

Having gratitude is a simple thing that has many benefits. Next time you are feeling sad or stressed, try writing in a gratitude journal or sending someone an appreciative text. Soon you will see the positive long-term effects gratitude has on your everyday life and attitude toward others.