There are a number of benefits of practising Gratitude on a regular basis, these include:

  • Less stress,
  • More accepting of social difficulties,
  • More forgiving,
  • More generous,
  • Greater joy and pleasure in activities,
  • Closer to friends and family,
  • Improved ability to cope with life challenges.

In addition to the above, the University of California, in their study of more than 1000 people (aged 8-80) who practise regular gratitude, report health benefits too:

  • Longer sleep,
  • More regular exercise,
  • Lower blood pressure,
  • Reduced impact of aches and pains,
  • Stronger immune systems.

A 1998 study by McCraty et al showed a reduction in the cortisol (stress) level in the body after cultivating appreciative thoughts.  Seligman, Steen, and Peterson in 2005 reported a month’s worth of elevated happiness after writing one thank you letter.