Expressing Gratitude Benefits Our Mental Health!

The next time someone holds the door open for you and you reply with a thank you, remember that you are doing more than just acknowledging a kind deed—you are helping yourself and the other person share a special moment that can positively impact your mental health. Studies have shown that individuals who express gratitude on a regular basis have more positive thoughts about themselves and others, feel more optimistic about their relationships, can cope better under stressful situations and are more likely to show future acts of kindness.

Here are ways you can practice expressing your gratitude:

  • Send a thank-you note.
  • Capture thoughts in a journal to remind yourself of the things you are grateful for each day.
  • Take time to reflect on situations or outcomes that have helped you appreciate others.

Information courtesy of Harvard Mental Health Letter.