Today, Thanksgiving, may be an opportunity to enhance your psychological well-being.
Studies have found that expressing gratitude is linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression and kinder behavior towards others.
Another benefit of expressing gratitude is that it’s linked to reduced hostility. A study at the University of Kentucky showed that individuals who were insulted expressed less hostility if they had previously written an essay about things for which they were grateful. The researchers speculated that expressing gratitude increases empathy for others and thus, decreases hostility.
No one wants to experience anger, especially over the holidays. You can begin a weekly gratitude journal now by listing 5 things you’re thankful for.