The results of being grateful
If you take some time each day to jot down the reasons you’re grateful, you could see some pretty powerful results:
1. A positive charge
In a series of experiments detailed in a 2003 study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,2 the act of listing 3 to 5 things you’re thankful for every day in a gratitude journal improves your outlook.
2. Better sleep
Researchers also found that updating your gratitude journal at bedtime3 also helps you worry less, which in turn helps you get to sleep faster.
3. A big, big love
Journaling or expressing the ways you feel grateful for a loved is also linked to partners feeling more connected and satisfied in their relationships.5
4. A boost to the immune system
The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology4 study also linked journaling gratitude to better health. Gratitude breeds optimism and participants in the study exercised more regularly, decreasing their cortisol levels.6 Cortisol is a stress hormone, linked to our ability to fight off colds.
If keeping a physical journal seems too difficult, try finding a free diary app for your smartphone. Or start small and find little ways to celebrate the things that made your day great. What are you grateful for today?