The Top 17 Benefits Of Gratitude That Everyone Should Know About

Just as vaccines provide a periodic boost toward one’s immune system, research has found that we can boost our mental state, relationships, and well-being by expressing gratitude.

If you don’t believe me, see for yourself. An attitude of gratitude can change your life.

Like anything worth having in life, the benefits of gratitude don’t appear immediately; they take time and practice. If you’re looking to reap all the benefits below, it’s important that you express gratitude on a regular basis.

1. Feel happier

Research has shown that people who regularly practice gratitude tend to be happier. Which is also why gratitude is key part of my free e-book: The 11 Secrets To Living A Happier Life.

2. Be more optimistic

Gratitude is strongly associated with optimism. In turn, optimism makes us happier, improves our health, and can even increase our lifespan.

3. Exude positivity

Grateful people tend to display more positive emotions than those who are not grateful.

4. Reduce materialism

Materialism often makes people feel less competent and reduces their ability to appreciate and enjoy the good in life. When you become grateful for the small things, you begin to care less about material items, such as a new car or making more money. And you begin to care more about spending time with your family and the little moments life has to offer.

5. Improve your health

Those who regularly contribute to a gratitude journal report fewer health complaints and also tend to exercise more. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the research for yourself.

6. More energy

Naturally, when you display more positivity, feel healthier, and are more optimistic you tend to be more energetic as well.

7. Be more like-able

Gratitude makes us nicer, more trusting, more social, and more appreciative. As a result, it helps us make more friends, deepen our existing relationships, and make us more like-able.

8. Be less self-centered

With a simple gratitude practice even the most self-centered individuals will care more about others. The very nature of gratitude is to shift your focus outside of yourself – so don’t be surprised if you have a sudden urge to help others.

9. Improve your sleep

When you’re less focused on your problems and more focused on what you’re grateful for, you usually experience a better night’s sleep. Next time you’re struggling to fall asleep, try thinking of three things you’re happy to have in your life.

10. Increase your self-esteem

No surprise here. There is a direct link between positive people having higher self-esteem. So it only makes sense for a regular gratitude practice to increase one’s self-esteem too.

11. Be more likely to exercise

With a more positive outlook and raised energy levels, you’ll be more likely to exercise. Plus, if your health is one of the things you’re grateful for then you’re even more likely to exercise to protect it.

12. Become more resilient

Those who practice gratitude regularly tend to have a more proactive coping style, and are more likely to seek out social support in times of need. In short, those who are grateful tend to be more resilient.

13. Increase your productivity

Gratitude helps you let go of the things you can’t control and trust that things will fall in place. This allows you to focus on the things you can control which will increase your productivity.

14. Boost your career

When you’re thankful for the things around you and displaying a positive attitude, people will want to be around you more. Your co-workers are no different. They will be more attracted to work with you and your networking abilities will improve too.

15. Lessen depression

Two of the most common antonyms for depression are blessing and happiness. Gratitude focuses on counting your blessings which inevitably increases your happiness. So it only makes sense that a regular practice would lessen symptoms of depression.

16. Be more relaxed

Positive emotions are one of the strongest natural relaxants known to mankind. So it’s no surprise that gratitude can put us in a more relaxed state of mind.

17. Be your authentic self

Gratitude allows you to be free and completely immerse yourself in your life without any reservations – it allows you to be yourself.


What are some benefits that a gratitude practice has brought you?