The surprising health benefits of saying thanks

Research shows that practicing thankfulness can support our well-being. Here are a few of the boosts we receive when we express gratitude.

Physical benefits:

  • Stronger immune systems
  • Less bothered by aches and pains
  • Lower blood pressure
  • More frequent exercise and improved health
  • Better sleep and feeling more refreshed upon waking

Psychological benefits:

  • Higher levels of positive emotions
  • More alert, alive, and awake
  • More joy and pleasure
  • More optimism and happiness

Source: Greater Good Magazine