It’s the season of Thanksgiving, and research has shown that people who express feelings of thankfulness and gratitude experience many emotional and physical benefits, and are happier overall. Studies have indicated that grateful people are more likely to take better care of themselves, engage in healthier behaviors, get regular exercise, eat healthier, have improved mental alertness, cope better with stress and challenges, have stronger immune systems and more. So, expressing gratitude may be one of the simplest things we can do to feel better.
Gratitude is an acknowledgement of all the good things we have in life and that the source of this goodness lies at least partially outside of ourselves. Not everyone expresses gratitude naturally. It is a practice or discipline and can be developed.