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Studies show being grateful makes you a better person

Published on 12 January 2018

What’s all the fuss about being grateful?Harvard Medical School defines gratitude as “a thankful appreciation of what someone receives – material or not”. And by being grateful, individuals can connect with nature, a higher power, and those around them.

So, research is in favour of gratitude. Let’s find out how we can get started.

It can make you happier

Writing a gratitude journal containing the things you’re thankful for on a daily basis can increase your well-being. With a higher level of happiness, you’ll feel as if you have all the money in the world!

While having money can make you feel blessed, becoming obsessed about the amount of dough you have is very unhealthy. Be grateful for what you have and spend more time doing what you love. Its benefits are much greater.

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Being grateful keeps toxic, negative emotions away

Keep any negative emotions, such as resentment and regret, inside and you’ll feel less than the person you really are, destroying your happiness. According to psychologist Alex Wood, gratitude reduces the duration and frequency of depressive episodes. The study was published in the Journal of Research in Personality.

Since gratefulness and negative emotions are incompatible, you cannot feel both at the same time. For example, envy. You cannot resent someone for possessing luxury items that you don’t have if you are thankful with what you already have. Thus, a higher level of gratefulness results in low levels of envy and resentment.

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Develop your personality by being more grateful

This might come as a surprise, but being thankful can improve your confidence and hone out your personality.  If you’re thankful about your own talents and skills, for instance, you won’t feel bad about yourself.

People who exhibit gratitude are also more confident because they believe in themselves and know that they can perform without dragging self-doubt along.

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Up for a career boost?

Since being grateful helps you become more confident, you can become an effective manager and improve your decision-making skills. You will find yourself to be more productive in your workplace and see the desired results much faster.

Gratitude, therefore, can help reach goals in your career while making the workplace more enjoyable and friendlier for the rest of the team.

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So, what are you grateful for in your life today?  Tell us in the comment section below.

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