I’m sure most teens have heard this hundreds of times, if not more, from their adult relatives and mentors. There’s nothing like an adult telling you to do something to make you want to get right on it, huh? However, you should be more grateful. Not because I, an adult, am telling you. You should want to increase your gratitude because it has many great benefits.
People who practice gratitude have been shown to be happier on average than those who focused on the negative. It makes sense if you think about it. Taking a “poor me” attitude all the time leads us to focus on negativity and unhappiness. Finding gratitude in our daily lives makes us happy for what we have.
Grateful people are more happy. And, what do positive, happy people have more of typically? That’s right. Friends. In fact, studies have confirmed that people who are more positive and grateful are more likely to be social and get into friendships and even other, more romantic relationships.
In one study, those who were more grateful exercised more and had fewer doctor’s visits. Gratitude makes us feel much more energized and ready to take on life. That’s good for not only our mental health but our physical health, as well.
It Feels Good
Being grateful actually feels good. When we focus on our happy feelings, we get more happy feelings in return. So, if you’re in a rut or generally unhappy, taking inventory of your life and thinking of the positive is a great way to snap out of it. We all have things to be happy about. Sometimes we just have to dig a little deeper.
So, as American Thanksgiving rolls around, take some time to be a little more grateful. Not because you should, but because it has great benefits.