Now research is revealing that gratitude is not just a good thing, it is a thing that is good for you.
Some of the benefits of gratitude:
- Practicing gratitude has proven to be one of the most reliable methods for increasing happiness and life satisfaction; it also boosts feelings of optimism, joy, pleasure, enthusiasm, and other positive emotions.
- Gratitude reduces anxiety and depression.
- Gratitude is good for our bodies: Studies suggest gratitude strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces symptoms of illness, and makes us less bothered by aches and pains. It also encourages us to exercise more and take better care of our health.
- Grateful people sleep better: They get more hours of sleep each night, spend less time awake before falling asleep, and feel more refreshed upon awakening. If you want to sleep more soundly, count blessings, not sheep.
- Gratitude makes us more resilient.
- It strengthens relationships: It makes us feel closer and more committed to friends and romantic partners.
- Gratitude promotes forgiveness.
- Grateful people are more helpful, altruistic, and compassionate.
The EFT Café is on Wednesday 11th December between 7pm and 9pm at St Oswald's Hospice Teaching Centre, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne and costs just £10.