The effects of gratitude on our physical and psychological well-being are far-reaching and the practice of giving thanks is easy. There is really no reason that we shouldn’t incorporate it into our year-round, daily lives.
Results from the Berkeley University’s Greater Good Science Center’s Thnx4 project revealed that those who kept an online gratitude journal for two weeks reported better physical health, including fewer headaches, less stomach pain, clearer skin and reduced congestion. Evidence also suggests that those who regularly practice gratitude sleep better and have better heart health.
Practicing gratitude can also positively affect mental health. It can make you more patient, less depressed, lower your aggression, improve self-esteem and generally give you the warm-and-fuzzies.
So how can you practice gratitude? It can be as simple as consciously thinking about the things, big and small, that you are thankful for. You can also keep a gratitude journal. It can make for a great pick-me-up on a down day. And if you’re worried you won’t be consistent in your practice, take heart. According to a study by Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, the benefits of giving thanks can last as long as a month.
Here at SilverStone Group, we’re big on employee wellness. From November 7 through November 21, we asked our Associates to express their gratitude – for things both at work and at home – on paper leaves to fill our “Gratitude Tree.” We wanted to encourage everyone to take stock of the things that make them feel good and experience the benefits of practicing gratitude.
We hope you’ll take the time to express gratitude and thanks to those around you today (and every day!). It’s easy and effective.
And while we’re on the subject of gratitude, we’d like to thank all our Associates and clients. Thanks for sticking with us and helping us grow and improve. We wouldn’t be here without your hard work and loyalty.