It turns out that there are many benefits to feeling and expressing gratitude that extend beyond the momentary “feel good”. Studies have found that people who practice gratitude on a regular experience fewer physical aches and pains, have a stronger immune responses, tend toward lower blood pressure and get better sleep.
In adddition, there are psychological benefits that include more positive emotions. alertness, joy, pleasure, optimism and happiness. Socially, those who practice gratitude are found to be more helpful, generous, compassionate, forgiving, and outgoing, as well as feeling generally less lonely and isolated.
Hmmm, could be an alternative to those “happy pills”!