Can Gratitude Make You Healthier?

It’s the month of Thanks-giving, so it’s no surprise we’re talking about gratitude this week.

Gratitude is the expression of appreciation. It is the appreciation for the benefits and value of what you receive.

We all know it's nice to be grateful. But what if we told you it was good for you too?

Studies have shown that people who practice gratitude consistently report physical, psychological and social benefits, such as stronger immune systems, higher levels of positive emotions and more compassion.

It can also make you feel happier, and who doesn’t want that?!


Photo by Gabrielle Henderson on Unsplash
Photo by Gabrielle Henderson on Unsplash

3 Ways to Practice Gratitude

Today, we're sharing 3 simple ways to start your gratitude practice and a handy worksheet you can use to get started!


Keep a gratitude journal and write in it daily

Creating a habit of counting your blessings brings gratitude front and center. There are so many gratitude journals on the market these days (like this one), but you can always just write them down in a blank notebook, post-it, whatever works for you.

Start your day with a morning gratitude meditation

Starting your morning with a short meditation can help set the tone for your day. Right when you wake up (even while you’re still lying in bed), try doing a short meditation on gratitude. See how it alters your day!

Say, “thank you” and put a little umph into it

Saying “thank you” is a physical embodiment of our gratitude. But how often do we say thank you as a reflex? Try this. The next time you feel grateful to someone or for something, pause and acknowledge the things that bring you gratitude. Then say thank you.



Download our free worksheet to help you get started with your gratitude practice! The worksheet includes a 5-week daily habit tracker and journal.





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