The ability to appreciate what others have done for you and to be inspired to reciprocate can make you feel happier and more fulfilled. When you feel gratitude, you relive a good experience. When you express gratitude, you strengthen your relationships. Even in the midst of adversity, practicing gratitude can:
- Reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Boost immunity
- Lower blood pressure
- Strengthen relationships
- Improve sleep
Gratitude is a skill that anyone can learn. When you notice and express your appreciation of good things, you’re setting an example for others to learn gratitude, which can have a lasting impact on how you connect with family, friends, peers, and leaders.
Read HPRC’s “Ways to grow your gratitude” to learn some new and interesting ideas. You might find that you like to have one conversation daily, or maybe you’d rather try a different activity each week. But don’t force it. Make gratitude matter for you.