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Benefits of Being Grateful

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Welcome back to the Cypress River Blog! Did you know that September 21st is World Gratitude Day? Today we are sharing a few of the benefits that come along with being grateful, and some of them may surprise you!

Makes Us Happier

It’s probably not surprising to find out that being grateful tends to make people happier. When you are appreciative of what you have and focusing on that rather than what you don’t have, you are likely to be a much more positive person. A perspective of gratitude tends to promote a more positive attitude!

Increases Mental Strength

Several scientific studies have found gratitude to be a helpful trait when it comes to overcoming and dealing with trauma and mental disorders. One study found that Vietnam War Veterans with higher levels of gratitude experienced lower rates of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). Recognizing that there is plenty to be grateful for, even in difficult times, promotes mental resilience. 

Improves Relationships

A grateful heart is associated with kindness, trust, and desire to improve social relationships, whether at home or in the workplace. So express appreciation and give the people in your personal and professional lives the recognition they deserve. You’ll both feel and see the difference.

Promotes Better Sleep

Grateful people sleep better according to a 2011 study that was published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. Something as simple as taking 15 minutes to write down a few thoughts of gratitude before bed may help you sleep better and longer.

Enhances Empathy and Reduces Aggression

Robert A. Emmons, Ph. D., has conducted multiple studies on the effects of gratitude on well-being. Gratitude helps to reduce toxic emotions like anger, envy, and frustration. Research has confirmed that gratitude helps to promote happiness and reduce depression, though it still remains unknown how exactly. 

What other benefits have you seen from being more grateful? Share them with the rest of our apartment community in the comments. Help us promote an attitude of gratitude here in the beautiful city of Ladson, SC!