With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to talk about the benefits of being thankful.
In just a few weeks, we’ll be stuffing ourselves with turkey, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and three kinds of pie, and if your family is like most, you may even go around the table saying what you are thankful for. However, giving thanks shouldn’t be limited to Thanksgiving! It pays to be grateful every day of the year, and one of the best ways to show your gratitude is by writing letters to those you wish to thank! In our last blog, we went over the first five benefits of giving being thankful; here are a few more:
#6. It could help to improve your kids’ grades!
Many of the benefits we went over in our last blog apply to adults, but kids can benefit from being thankful too! Surprisingly enough, a study that was published in the Journal of Happiness Studies found that high school students who were more grateful also had higher GPAs. This may be due to the other benefits of being thankful, such as increased optimism and self-esteem, but either way, being grateful is good for people of all ages.
#7. It could help to strengthen your relationship.
Nothing helps to improve relationships like thankfulness does. Regardless of whether you’re dating, married or somewhere in the middle, taking the time to recognize the little things that you are thankful for could help to make your relationship stronger. Even if your partner lives you with, a thank you note recognizing all of the things they do for you, particularly the small things, is still a great way to show how grateful you are.
#8. It’s heart healthy.
We’ve talked a lot about the emotional benefits of giving thanks, but believe it or not, there are actually physical benefits that come with being more thankful, including heart health. In 1995, a study was published in the American Journal of Cardiology that found that positive emotions and appreciation are actually linked with changes in heart variability. In this way, the simple act of being grateful could help to stave off hypertension, as well as the risk of sudden death in people who have coronary artery disease or congestive heart failure.
#9. It makes you feel good physically.
Not only could being thankful help you to keep your heart healthier, it also helps you to just generally feel better. Aches and pains are a common part of the aging process, but they don’t have to be. A study published in the journal, Personality and Individual Differences, found that people who are more grateful don’t experience as many aches and pains, and they also report that they feel healthier than most people. This may be due to the fact that people who are more grateful also tend to take better care of themselves.
10. It could help you overcome trauma.
There have been countless studies pointing to the positive effect that being grateful can have on stress levels, but in recent years, we’ve also learned that it could play a key role in helping us overcome trauma. In 2006, a study published in the journal, Behavior Research and Therapy, found that Vietnam veterans who were more grateful also had fewer instances of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Even in the most hellish of circumstances, being grateful can help to improve your mental strength and resilience.
We all have things to be thankful for in life, and it’s important to take the time to give thanks for everything and everyone you have. Take a moment to send a thank you note to those that you love to express your gratitude, and don’t forget to order your own custom printed envelopes to mail them in!