Give Thanks for Happiness
How Gratitude and Giving Thanks Can Improve Your Mental Health
With Thanksgiving around the corner, gratitude is on our minds. There is generally an increased feeling of joy and happiness as we approach November and December due to the strong association of being thankful for what we have. Researchers from the University of Illinois who have studied gratitude, say that those who show gratitude are often more patient, experience stronger feelings of happiness, and have better physical health. Here are a few ways that you can practice gratitude:
- Say “thank you”.
- Reflect on three positive things that happened to you during the day.
- Pay forward an act of kindness.
- Share what you have with others.
Being thankful for what we have and sharing that with others can lead us to live happier and healthier lives. Allow room in your life for gratitude as our mental health extends beyond our minds and is affected by how we go about in the world. Start tomorrow with a positive outlook, greet your coworkers and say “thank you” when someone does you a favor. Learn more about gratitude and happiness through the UNH Psychological and Counseling Services.