A studies show how mindset of thankfulness can benefit many times over. “Gratitude not only makes people feel good in the present, but it also increases the likelihood that people will function optimally and feel good in the future,” explain Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough, author of a study on gratitude and well-being, published by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
In the study, they had university students write down up to five things in their lives that they were grateful for once a week. In the results, the authors note, “Participants in the gratitude condition felt better about their lives as a whole, and were more optimistic regarding their expectations for the upcoming week. They reported fewer physical complaints and reported spending significantly more time exercising.”
As they suggest, being thankful can benefit your daily routine in numerous ways. Here are some of the things gratitude can do for you:
1. It activates you
Similar to the study above, other research from the journal Personality and Individual Differences also reports that grateful participants were more proactive about their health, more inclined to visit the doctor for regular checkups and tended to exercise more, according to Forbes magazine.