What is Gratitude and Why Is It So Important? (2023)

What is Gratitude and Why Is It So Important? (1)When you feel down in the dumps or find yourself in a funk, how do you cope?

Do you turn to junk food, self-medication, shopping, etc.?

One healthy, powerful, and free strategy to rise from this temporary emotional state is to practice gratitude.

Gratitude turns what little you have into abundance.
Gratitude is so much more than saying thank you.
Gratitude changes your perspective of your world.

But yet you wonder how you can find the positive when everything seems so bleak? Read on to learn how to identify the positive when it seems there is nothing to be grateful for. We’ll also explain the importance of gratitude, how to show it to others, and share gratitude and appreciation videos.

Before you continue, we thought you might like to download our three Gratitude Exercises for free. These detailed, science-based exercises will help you or your clients connect to more positive emotions and enjoy the benefits of gratitude.

This Article Contains:

  • Why Is It Important to Be Grateful?
  • The Importance of Gratitude in Life
  • The Importance of Thanksgiving
  • How to Show Gratitude and Appreciation
  • 5 YouTube Gratitude Videos
  • A Take-Home Message
  • References

What is Gratitude – Its Meaning & Definition

Gratitude is an emotion similar to appreciation. The American Psychological Association (n.d.) more specifically defines this phenomenon as a sense of happiness and thankfulness in response to a fortunate happenstance or tangible gift.

Gratitude is both a state and a trait (Jans-Beken et al., 2020). Better explained, one can experience gratitude for someone or something at a certain moment in time, and someone experience gratitude more long-term as a positive character trait.

According to Dr. Robert Emmons, the feeling of gratitude involves two stages (Emmons & McCullough, 2003):

First comes the acknowledgment of goodness in one’s life. In a state of gratitude, we say yes to life. We affirm that, all in all, life is good and has elements that make it worth living. The acknowledgment that we have received something gratifies us, both by its presence and by the effort the giver put into choosing it.

Second, gratitude is recognizing that sources of this goodness lie outside the self. One can be grateful to our creator, other people, animals, and the world, but not to oneself. At this stage, we recognize the goodness in our lives and who to thank for it.

The two stages of gratitude comprise the recognition of the goodness in our lives and then how this goodness came to us. Through this process, we recognize the fortune of everything that improves our lives and ourselves.

Further, gratitude can be considered either a dispositional trait or a state of being.

As a trait, an individual practices gratitude as part of their daily life (McCullough et al., 2002), and it is considered a character strength. It is important to remember that gratitude is a strength that can be enhanced with awareness and practice.

When a person experiences the emotion from someone expressing gratitude for them, it is referred to as a state (Watkins et al., 2009).

Gratitude & Positive Psychology – What is the Connection?

What is Gratitude and Why Is It So Important? (2)As we already know, positive psychology focuses on positive thoughts and behaviors. Its constructs include optimism, hope, and, you guessed it – gratitude (Iodice et al., 2021).

As part of Seligman’s PERMA model, which includes positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, and achievement, a key positive emotion includes gratitude (Lianov, 2021).

Robert Emmons has led positive psychology’s expansion of research on the importance of gratitude. Emmons has authored several papers on the psychology of gratitude, showing that being more grateful can lead to increased levels of wellbeing (Emmons & Crumpler, 2000).

Some of Emmons’s work has also specifically dealt with gratitude in a religious setting, highlighting how gratitude towards a higher power may lead to increased physical health (Krause et al., 2015). There will be more on gratitude and religion later.

Why Is It Important to Be Grateful?

Passmore and Oades (2016) assert that as expectations have changed, gratitude has diminished in western society. Possessions and health are expectations for many individuals rather than considered personal ‘blessings’ that are appreciated. “Gratitude has, for many, been replaced by disappointment, anger, and resentment when these expected ‘blessings’ either do not appear or they disappear” (Passmore & Oades, 2016, p. 43).

We have learned gratitude helps people focus on the positive aspects of their life. Gratitude can help build and maintain relationships with others, resulting in hope, life satisfaction, and more proactive behaviors toward others (Passmore & Oades, 2016).

If you still aren’t convinced, you may wish to pick up one of the books suggested in our Gratitude Books article.

The Importance of Gratitude in Life

What is Gratitude and Why Is It So Important? (3)Gratitude is strongly related to wellbeing (Jans-Beken et al., 2020; Wood et al., 2010). The positive effects of experiencing and expressing gratitude are endless.

Gratitude has been found to be beneficially associated with social wellbeing, emotional wellbeing, and psychological wellbeing (Jans-Beken et al., 2020). It is no surprise that trait gratitude is an important “predictor of wellbeing and other desirable life outcomes” (Portocarrero et al., 2020, p. 6).

Gratitude appears to have a domino effect. If a person experiences gratitude, they are more likely to recognize the help and then later reciprocate that help (Wood et al., 2010). People who are thanked are presumably more apt to extend help to others in the future.

Likewise, people who are not thanked may not be expected to provide reciprocation in the future. The expression of gratitude is beneficial for both individuals and society (Bono et al., 2004).

Further, gratitude is an element in many religions. For example (Passmore & Oades, 2016),

  • Buddhism – Gratitude is indicative of the concept of dependent origination, which implies that everything is interconnected. For Buddhists, awareness of our interdependent and interconnected existence evokes gratitude for the web of life that sustains us.
  • Judaism – Individuals practicing Judaism may start the day with Modeh Ani, a short Hebrew blessing thanking God for life.
  • Christianity – Christians denote gratitude to God by stating blessings. These blessings are said in a prayer form and are created for food, family, life, and any other blessings that God may grant.

As if you needed any more convincing, in a review of the literature, Cregg and Cheavens (2021) found that gratitude has a positive affiliation with positive affect, life satisfaction, extraversion, forgiveness, and a negative affiliation with substance abuse and neuroticism, as well as an inverse relationship between gratitude and anxiety and depression.

The Iceberg of Gratitude

What exactly is gratitude, and how can we experience more of it daily?

Gratitude is the act of recognizing and acknowledging the good things that happen, resulting in a state of appreciation (Sansone & Sansone, 2010).

Often when we consider what we are grateful for, overt and profound life experiences, circumstances, and events come to mind. We may feel grateful for our upbringing, family, job, good health, and the opportunity to gain an education. While recognizing and being grateful for these experiences is important, our gratitude practice must also venture below the surface.

Below the surface, we find the simple, everyday pleasures that often go unnoticed. This may be a great book we read, laughter with a friend, or even the joy of eating ice cream in the sunshine. Whatever these simple pleasures may be, consciously expressing our gratitude for them can help us grow our daily gratitude practice beyond the surface level.

We invite you to consider the full iceberg of gratitude, your fortunate life experiences, as well as simple daily pleasures.

What is Gratitude and Why Is It So Important? (4)

The Importance of Thanksgiving

If you are from North America, then cornucopia, turkey, Pilgrims, and Native Americans may come to mind when you mention the word ‘Thanksgiving.’ Thanksgiving is more broadly explained as a day to give thanks. Countries such as Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Liberia also celebrate Thanksgiving, while countries like Brazil and the Philippines celebrate it unofficially (Vicens, 2022).

The Netherlander town of Leiden and the Australian territory of Norfolk Island also celebrate this holiday (Vicens, 2022). Similarly, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Japan celebrate a fall harvest, where people also give thanks.

So why is there an entire holiday created for giving thanks?

For many, “Thanksgiving is a collective ritual that celebrates material abundance through feasting.” (Wallendorf & Arnould, 1991, p. 13). Thanksgiving is important because it is a designated time assigned to encourage us to pause to be mindful of the blessings we have. Many of us get so caught up in our day-to-day routines that we fail to stop and acknowledge our fortunes.

To demonstrate and celebrate gratitude, you don’t need a particular holiday to show thankfulness. Conveying gratitude should be practiced daily.

How to Show Gratitude and Appreciation

What is Gratitude and Why Is It So Important? (5)Gratitude can be demonstrated in many ways. It can be shown with merely a simple, verbal “thank you” or it can be indicated by a more elaborate practice, such as the strategies detailed below.

To improve your gratitude, reflect on how better you can show your appreciation to others. When verbally expressing gratitude to someone, consider reflecting on your emotions and on the effort involved. Here are some examples:

‘Your birthday gift to me makes me overjoyed. I appreciate the length you went to in order to find this limited edition book by my favorite author. I value that you know me so well and did this especially for me.’

‘Mom, I am grateful for the life you have given me. Even though it took 15 hours to deliver me and raising me was full of challenges, you have done the best you could and I appreciate that.’

‘Our Father in Heaven, you have blessed me with ten fingers and ten toes, eyes to see and ears to hear. I am grateful for the wonder of your creation and for sparing my life every day.’

For more examples, read our article How to Express Gratitude to Others.

Gratitude journal

A gratitude journal involves jotting down a few things that you are thankful for and can be done daily or weekly as you so choose. Keeping a gratitude journal is a good first step toward establishing gratitude, and it will help you identify and reflect on people, things, or events for which you are thankful.

Nawa and Yamagishi’s (2021) research involving university students concluded that completing a gratitude journal not only positively impacts academic motivation, it favorably influences goal-directed behavior in general.

In this study, 84 students were placed into either an active manipulation group (gratitude group) or a neutral control group. For two weeks, the active manipulation group was asked to list five things they were grateful for and evaluate various aspects of their daily lives, while the control group was only asked to do daily self-evaluations. Unsurprisingly, the gratitude group demonstrated significant enhancements in academic motivation.

You can make use of our gratitude journal article, which includes journal worksheets with prompts to guide you into the good habit of daily gratitude journaling.

Gratitude letter

Writing a gratitude letter is a form of written communication that conveys an appreciation for someone in your life. These effectively communicate the impact someone has had on our lives.

Further, the gratitude research conducted by Iodice et al. (2021) concluded that individuals who wrote about things they are grateful for showed better mood, coping, and physical health. In this study, participants were assigned to one of three groups: Group one wrote about things they were grateful for, group two wrote about daily hassles, and group three wrote about a neutral topic.

Within their review of literature, these researchers also cited Emmons and McCullough (2003), whose findings suggested that individuals who practiced gratitude by writing about things they are grateful for showed better mood, coping, and physical health than the other participants.

The gratitude visit

Take the gratitude letter a step further by visiting the person to whom you are giving the gratitude letter and reading it aloud to him or her. A study by Wood et al. (2010) suggests that gratitude visits are a practice that is even more beneficial than a gratitude letter and practitioners of this strategy reported more happiness.

In their preliminary research, Wood et al. (2010) referenced two studies involving gratitude visits. In a study by Seligman et al. (2005), adults from an internet sample were instructed to write and deliver their gratitude letter within 1-week. Those who went on the gratitude visit reported more happiness and less depression than the control group.

Another study by Froh, Kashdan et al., (2009; Froh, Yurkewicz et al., 2009) resulted in similar findings. A sample of children and adolescents from a parochial school were divided into two groups: a group who conducted a gratitude visit and a group who wrote about daily events. Findings indicated that the youth who experienced the gratitude condition reported greater gratitude and positive affect than the youth in the control condition.


As we know, meditation is a method for focusing attention (Pascoe et al., 2021). Pascoe et al. (2021) conducted a systematic review of studies assessing the impact of meditation on psychological processes. They found that meditation, does in fact, “decrease distress experienced resulting from psychological stressors by influencing psychological processes” (p. 3).

Although meditation doesn’t directly demonstrate gratitude towards others, meditation and focusing attention on people or things you are grateful for indicates appreciation to yourself, which could help to foster even more gratitude.

No matter how small or grand the gesture of gratitude is, it is essential to show thankfulness in our everyday lives. After all,

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

William Arthur Ward (Brainyquote.com, n.d.)

We have a dedicated article offering gratitude meditation guidance for you to peruse.

And finally, if these four suggestions were not enough to get you started, we share an extensive list of methods in our article Most Popular Gratitude Exercises and Activities.

5 YouTube Gratitude Videos

These five handpicked gratitude videos will not only inspire you to practice gratefulness but also inform you of the importance of daily practicing this state or trait. If you’d like to enjoy an even greater selection, our blog post Best TED Talks And Videos on The Power of Gratitude shares over 30 excellent videos.

Gratitude is: A poem & animation – Macarena Luz Bianchi

Gratitude Is is a short, light-hearted poem accompanied by animation. This poem is also a full-color gift book available on Amazon as a highly-rated read. This would be a great video to share when beginning to discuss gratitude with a class.

The power of choosing gratitude – Tye Dutcher

Tye Dutcher, an international paralympic athlete, describes how gratitude changed and continues to change his life. After he experienced a horrifying accident at just 11 years old, Tye had a choice. He chose gratitude. He explains his thankfulness for what he has and the blessings he will receive.

The power of gratitude – Titan Man

If you practice gratitude daily, no matter how much or how little you have, you will be happy. This is the message Titan Man delivers in his video narrated by Oprah Winfrey. This video would be beneficial in serving as a daily reminder to show gratitude.

Gratitude is good for you – John Templeton Foundation

If you would like to know the additional benefits of gratitude, this short video by the John Templeton Foundation is fast-paced and engaging. Several strategies for growing gratitude are shared.

The power of gratitude – Psych2Go

Being grateful will make you healthier and happier. While you may have already gotten this message, this video explains the research conducted with adults and children that completed a type of gratitude journal. Gratitude in regard to mental health is discussed in greater detail.

A Take-Home Message

Someone could have everything and still feel like they have nothing. Someone could have nothing but still be happy with what they have. Recognizing gratitude towards non-tangibles, such as health and relationships, is a good start.

As we have learned in this piece, gratitude has endless benefits for both individuals and society and has deep roots in positive psychology.

It can be identified in many religions, as well as in the secular world. It is crucial to understand that gratitude can be defined as both a state and a trait. Perhaps with the exercises provided in this article, you will be able to move from a grateful state to a healthy trait.

There are various ways to demonstrate gratitude. Regardless of the method you choose, it is critical to convey thankfulness. Additionally, you don’t need to wait for a holiday to show appreciation.

Gratitude is the key to a happy life and should be continuous, practiced daily. Another important takeaway is that gratitude can have a snowball effect. You never know the positive effects your gratefulness will have on others and the future impact it will have.

Gratitude is a perspective – it is a choice. We hope that you choose gratitude today and every day. We’d like to leave you with this quote,

“Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift.”

John Ortberg (Zito, 2022).

To read more inspirational gratitude quotes, kindly refer to this article by Barbara Bellise Zito.

Who or what are you grateful for? How are you going to convey this thankfulness? Please let us know in the comments, or better yet, let that person know! Until next time, please know that we are thankful for YOU, our gracious reader!

We hope you enjoyed reading this article. Don’t forget to download our three Gratitude Exercises for free.


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What is Gratitude and Why Is It So Important? ›

Gratitude is a way for people to appreciate what they have instead of always reaching for something new in the hopes it will make them happier or thinking they can't feel satisfied until every physical and material need is met. Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack.

What are 3 benefits of gratitude? ›

Expressing gratitude is associated with a host of mental and physical benefits. Studies have shown that feeling thankful can improve sleep, mood and immunity. Gratitude can decrease depression, anxiety, difficulties with chronic pain and risk of disease.

What are the 3 types of gratitude? ›

Some psychologists further categorize three types of gratitude: gratitude as an “affective trait” (one's overall tendency to have a grateful disposi- tion), a mood (daily fluctuations in overall grati- tude), and an emotion (a more temporary feeling of gratitude that one may feel after receiving a gift or a favor from ...

What is the true meaning of gratitude? ›

Gratitude is one of many positive emotions. It's about focusing on what's good in our lives and being thankful for the things we have. Gratitude is pausing to notice and appreciate the things that we often take for granted, like having a place to live, food, clean water, friends, family, even computer access.

What are the 4 kinds of gratitude? ›

The Four Debts of Gratitude
  • 1) Gratitude for One's Parents.
  • 2) Gratitude for One's Teacher.
  • 3) Gratitude for One's Country and Society.
  • 4) Gratitude for the Three Treasures of Buddhism.
  • How Do We Deepen Our Appreciation?
  • SGI President Ikeda's Guidance.
Feb 4, 2019

What are the 4 parts of gratitude? ›

The 4 Elements of Gratitude
  • gratitude intensity.
  • gratitude frequency.
  • gratitude span.
  • gratitude density.
Jan 16, 2010

What is the golden rule of gratitude? ›

By recognizing the way others treat you, I am linking gratitude to The Golden Rule: Treat Others the Way You Wish They Would Treat You.

What are the six pillars of gratitude? ›

These six pillars are: relatedness, sincerity, empathy, self-regard, integrity, and humility. To be able to move from the sense of gratitude as an emotion to gratitude as an action – or deep gratitude – requires a commitment to putting priority on the relationships in our lives.

What is the simplest form of gratitude? ›

Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.”

What does the Bible say about gratitude? ›

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Why is gratitude so powerful? ›

Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

What is the spiritual power of gratitude? ›

Gratitude is a way of BEING.

It has the power to heal, create, manifest, love, and attract. It has the power to change your perspective, open your heart, envision new solutions, change how you are in relationships, or simply to re-energize and lift your mood.

What is the highest form of gratitude? ›

Appreciation ...the highest form of gratitude | Inspirational quotes, Attitude of gratitude, Gratitude.

What is the root of gratitude? ›

The word gratitude comes from the Latin root gratus, meaning “pleasing; welcome; agreeable.” Gratus is also the root of related terms such as grace, gratuity and gratis, all signifying positive moods, actions and ideas.

What are 2 examples of gratitude? ›

Examples Of Gratitude
  • Being thankful to the person who cooked for you.
  • Being thankful for your good health.
  • Appreciating the person who cleans your house.
  • Acknowledging your junior at work for taking the initiative to ease your workload.
  • Being grateful to yourself for your financial independence.
Nov 26, 2020

What are 3 questions of gratitude? ›

Simple questions to remind yourself of the goodness in life.
  • What about today has improved on yesterday? ...
  • What am I taking for granted that I can be thankful for?
  • Which relationships in my life can I be thankful for?
  • What do I like most about the town, area, or city where I live?
Jun 10, 2023

What is stronger than gratitude? ›

Regret is stronger than Gratitude.

What are 3 things you can do to build gratitude? ›

3 Ways to Practice Gratitude
  • Notice good things, look for them, appreciate them.
  • Savor, absorb, and really pay attention to those good things.
  • Express your gratitude to yourself, write it down, or thank someone.

What are the core values of gratitude? ›

“Gratitude makes sense of your past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

What are the negative sides of gratitude? ›

When gratitude is forced or is bypassing pain it can compound feelings of failure and hopelessness. The dark side of gratitude is that it sounds great and can be easily misused. Mind yourself, mind your heart, mind your emotions, they hold the key to the balance we all seek.

What is the 3 2 1 method gratitude? ›

List three things you are grateful for – and why you are grateful for them. Knowing “why” you do the things you do adds a layer of thoughtfulness to the process and you'll sometimes be surprised by what you discover. Make a note of how you want to feel today and list two things you can do to feel this way.

What are the 5 senses of gratitude? ›

One of the simplest ways to practice appreciation is to use your five senses. Hearing, Taste, Smell, Touch and Sight.

What are the virtues of gratitude? ›

Specifically, it acts as a moral barometer, drawing attention to help received; a moral motivator, encouraging a prosocial response to help; and as a moral reinforcer, where the expression of gratitude makes the benefactor more likely to provide help in the future (McCullough et al., 2001).

What are gratitude rituals? ›

A gratitude ritual immediately shifts you from focusing on what you don't have to what you do have. And when you're feeling stressed, a shift is exactly what you need. Gratitude has proven physiological and psychological benefits, including: Higher levels of happiness.

What makes gratitude hard? ›

Key points. Some mental roadblocks to gratitude include feeling impatient, having high expectations, or thinking that the subject is too sentimental. Devoting enough time to the practice can help change one's mentality about gratitude.

What is the opposite emotion to gratitude? ›

Resentment and gratitude are opposites—so dealing with feelings of resentment can help gratitude come more easily.

What word expresses gratitude? ›

Thank you for . . . I appreciate you for . . . I am grateful to you for . . .

What Jesus said about gratitude? ›

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

What is a psalm of gratitude? ›

"I give thanks to you with all my heart, Lord. I sing your praise before all other gods. I bow toward your holy temple and thank your name for your loyal love and faithfulness because you have made your name and word greater than everything else. On the day I cried out, you answered me.

Why does God want gratitude? ›

He gives us mercy and grace instead. Gratitude comes when we understand how much God has given us and how much he has done for us, and how little we deserve it all. Gratitude grabs God's attentions, and changes us as well. There are so many studies these days about the power of gratitude.

How do you grow gratitude everyday? ›

Cultivating Gratitude
  1. Begin and end with intention. Start each day by thinking about all you appreciate and expect from the day, and as you turn out the lights at the end of each day also consider all you're grateful for.
  2. Give continuous attention. ...
  3. Be expansive. ...
  4. Write it down. ...
  5. Express yourself.
Jan 3, 2021

What are 4 benefits of gratitude? ›

Health benefits of being thankful
  • Reduce depression. A review of 70 studies that include responses from more than 26,000 people found an association between higher levels of gratitude and lower levels of depression. ...
  • Lessen anxiety. ...
  • Support heart health. ...
  • Relieve stress. ...
  • Improve sleep.
Mar 22, 2023

How do you build gratitude? ›

Here are some tips on how to practice gratitude.
  1. Each day, think of three things you're thankful for. Make it a daily habit to visualize what's good in your life. ...
  2. Start a gratitude journal. Journaling can be an excellent self-therapy technique. ...
  3. Thank someone new every week. ...
  4. Meditate. ...
  5. Focus more on others' intentions.
Apr 30, 2021

Is gratitude a gift from God? ›

Gratitude is a special gift given to us by God. Gratitude is fundamentally about not taking things for granted. It is being thankful for what we have and receive. Thankfulness is a powerful means of drawing near to God.

Is gratitude a command from God? ›

Gratitude is a commandment with a promise, as is taught in Doctrine and Covenants 78:19: And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more.

Is gratitude the highest vibration? ›

Gratitude vibrates at 540 MHz. Being grateful falls on the same level as love — it is one of the highest vibrational frequencies you can be at. The more time you can spend in gratitude and love, the more your body's frequency raises and the healthier your body becomes.

What is the deepest level of gratitude? ›

Gratitude on the deepest level is a reflection, acknowledgment, and acceptance of our worth – to God or other people. When we choose gratitude, we accept ourselves as worthy and give ourselves permission to be loved.

Is gratitude a blessing? ›

Gratitude is a feeling of appreciation and thankfulness for blessings or benefits we have received. As we cultivate a grateful attitude, we are more likely to be happy and spiritually strong. We should regularly express our gratitude to God for the blessings He gives us and to others for the kind acts they do for us.

What does gratitude mean in God? ›

Gratitude in the Bible means "extending favor towards" or giving grace and kindness as a response.

Is gratitude an emotion or a mindset? ›

Gratitude is an emotion similar to appreciation. The American Psychological Association (n.d.) more specifically defines this phenomenon as a sense of happiness and thankfulness in response to a fortunate happenstance or tangible gift. Gratitude is both a state and a trait (Jans-Beken et al., 2020).

Does gratitude rewire the brain? ›

Expressing gratitude consistently can literally retrain your brain. Several studies have shown that regular gratitude practices (specifically through journaling), will actually shift your brain's behavior to have a more positive outlook.

What is a daily gratitude quote? ›

Thankful Quotes
  • “Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. ...
  • “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” ...
  • “I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” ...
  • “For me, every hour is grace.
Apr 15, 2023

Who showed gratitude in the Bible? ›

10 People in the Bible Who Remembered to Thank God
  • Miriam. ...
  • Hannah. ...
  • David. ...
  • Solomon. ...
  • The Author of Psalm 111. ...
  • Elizabeth. ...
  • Mary. ...
  • Jesus.
Aug 21, 2016

What is the biggest benefit of gratitude? ›

In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

What are 4 health benefits of gratitude? ›

Health benefits of being thankful
  • Reduce depression. A review of 70 studies that include responses from more than 26,000 people found an association between higher levels of gratitude and lower levels of depression. ...
  • Lessen anxiety. ...
  • Support heart health. ...
  • Relieve stress. ...
  • Improve sleep.
Mar 22, 2023

How does gratitude rewire your brain? ›

What they found was "that gratitude causes synchronized activation in multiple brain regions, and lights up parts of the brain's reward pathways and the hypothalamus. In short, gratitude can boost neurotransmitter serotonin and activate the brain stem to produce dopamine." Dopamine is our brain's pleasure chemical.

How does gratitude heal you? ›

The practice of gratitude can help retrain your brain to help reorient it out of despair. Gratitude helps us realize that our challenges are not the only things in our lives at any given moment and that, even in the most extreme situations, there are still things for which to be grateful.

What does gratitude do to the heart? ›

Being thankful, even for the little things, helps to lower stress levels, improve blood pressure, and even reduce inflammation. This will all add up to improved heart health. There is also evidence that people who practice gratitude also exercise more and make healthier choices in their diet.

How does God want us to show gratitude? ›

In 1 Peter 4:10 you are directed; "As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." Thus, by serving others you are serving God and showing your gratitude for His work in your life.

Does gratitude put us in God's will? ›

But in several places, Scripture tells us exactly what God's will is. Here's one of those places: it is God's will that you give thanks in all circumstances—thanksgiving, gratitude, an expression of our hearts praising God for His goodness and how He has provided for and taken care of us.

What does gratitude do spiritually? ›

The very act of expressing gratitude recognizes God's hand in our lives and acknowledges His tender mercies to us. This, in turn, increases our confidence that the Lord will hear and answer our prayers and guide our lives. In recognizing our dependence upon the Lord, we become more dependent on Him.

Who in the Bible showed gratitude? ›

Solomon. King Solomon thanked God for all he had done to provide for Israel in his prayer of dedication for the temple (1 Kings 8:14-21).

What was David's gratitude to God? ›

Key Verse: Psalm 89:23, “I will beat down his foes before his face, And plague those who hate him.” David had a thanksgiving lifestyle and was grateful to God for everything He did for him. The Bible told us in Psalms 119:164, that David praised God seven times a day for His righteous judgments.


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