In the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving next week. That usually means overindulging in food, football, and family. It’s also a time to increase our gratitude for the many blessings we have.

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” -Cicero

Gratitude helps us:

  • Reduce depression
  • Get promotions at work
  • Improve our self esteem
  • Increase our energy
  • Develop a strong immune system
  • Decrease blood pressure
  • Increase sleep quality
  • Reduce and cope with negative stress
  • Eat healthier
  • Have deeper friendships
  • Increase productivity
  • Improve job performance
  • Become more likable
  • Reach goals faster
  • Increase feelings of happiness and wellbeing
  • Reduce negative emotions such as envy, hatred, and anger
  • Increase positive emotions such as love and empathy