5 Scientific Facts that Prove Gratitude is Good for You
Thanksgiving isn't the only time of year we should reflect and take stock of all the positive things in life. As it turns out, there is scientific proof that being grateful is plain good for you. Here are five ways to integrate scientifically endorsed gratitude into your life.
Write Down What You're Grateful For
Scientists performed an experiment in which they asked one group of people to write down the things that they were grateful for on a weekly basis, while the other group recorded hassles or neutral life events. The folks who kept gratitude journals exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole, and were generally more optimistic about the upcoming week—compared to their negatively focused counterparts.
Start Today: At the end of each day, write down one great thing that happened. Use a notebook or keep a digital log.