Gratitude Healthy: 10 Reasons Why Being Thankful Is Good For You

Nov 23, 2012 by

Posted: 11/22/2012 2:33 am EST Updated: 11/22/2012 2:33 am EST

Gratitude Healthy

Thanksgiving offers the opportunity to do something we should really be doing every day of the year: Thinking about, and expressing, what we’re grateful for.

And really, there’s a whole host of reasons why we should make gratitude a daily practice — research has shown that being thankful confers a whole host of health benefits, from improved immune systems, to feelings of connectedness, even higher team morale.

We gathered some of the biggest health benefits — both physical and mental — of gratitude. Tell us in the comments: What are you most grateful for this year?

Grateful teens are happier, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association this year.Researchers also found that teens who are grateful — in the study, defined as having a positive outlook on life — are more well-behaved at school and more hopeful than their less-grateful peers.

“More gratitude may be precisely what our society needs to raise a generation that is ready to make a difference in the world,” study researcher Giacomo Bono, Ph.D., a psychology professor at California State University, said in a statement.

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