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GRATITUDE : A Healthy Choice to Feed your Emotions

Updated: Jun 27

Gratitude is a healthy choice that benefits both you and others. When you show gratefulness, you have the ability to connect with others, practice empathy, and be nice to yourself and others. You are creating a positive energy that the world sorely needs right now.

Even among those who are already battling with mental health issues, the feeling of being appreciated increases pleasure and promotes both physical and psychological wellness. According to research, practicing gratitude reduces the use of words that reflect negative feelings and redirects inner focus away from unpleasant emotions like resentment and jealousy, reducing the rate of ruminating, which is the hallmark of sadness.



WHY GRATITUDE MATTERS?



Gratitude reduce stress


When we express gratitude, our brain releases dopamine and serotonin, the two crucial neurotransmitters responsible for our emotions, and they make us feel "good". They enhance our mood immediately, making us feel happy from the inside. By consciously practicing gratitude every day, we can help these neural pathways to strengthen and ultimately create a permanent grateful and positive nature within ourselves which builds our inner strength to combat stress.


Grateful people are less depressed


Studies have found that people with higher level of gratitude report more optimism, positive effect and satisfaction with life. People high in gratitude also have higher self - esteem and evaluate themselves more positively and generally tend to be less depressed.



Gratitude can help engage in better self- care.


In a study evaluating pathways between gratitude and self -rated physical health across adulthood specifically psychological health, healthy activities, and willingness to seek help for health concerns mediated the link between gratitude and self- reported physical health as well as this mediational pathways are moderated by age. Dispositional gratitude correlated positively with self reported physical health, healthy activities and willingness to seek help for health concerns.



TIPS ON HOW TO ENCOURAGE GRATITUDE



Journal your appreciation.


Keep a daily gratitude notebook of all the things that you're grateful for in life, such as family, friends, or your own special abilities and talents. To keep the positive vibes continuing, make a goal to journal positive things everyday.


Express your thankfulness to people.


It's crucial to express your gratitude to a friend, family member, or co- worker whenever they do something wonderful for you. Our professional connections can be strengthened by expressing thanks to others, which enhances our well-being.


Make use of visual reminders


Even if you practice thankfulness everyday, its easy to lose track of your wonderful feelings as the day progresses. Visual reminders, such as a list of your top gratitude or a motivational phrase in the office, might help you stay in that happy mindset.



References:

  1. behavioralhealth.nd.gov/sites/www/files/documents/Gratitude.pdf

  2. (Iodice JA,Malouff JM,Schutte NS (2021) The Association between Gratitude and Deppresion: A Meta- Analysis. Int J Depress Anxiety 4:024.doi.or/10.23937/2643-4059/17100240)

  3. (Hill, P, Allemand, M, Roberts, B.2013,https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2012.08.011)