Every Wellness Wednesday, AY About You is determined to bring you tips to promote your mental health and wellbeing and quality of life.


Today, we’ll be taking a closer look at how gratitude affects your mental health.


Lauren English, a licensed professional counselor with Pinnacle Pointe Hospital, discusses the importance of being thankful. 


“It’s really easy to apply to your life,” English says. “Start reframing how you think about things and practicing it, and the more you do it, the more benefits you’ll see.”


  • Gratitude opens the door to more relationships in your life

“Whether it’s somebody you just met, a friend or a coworker, the more gratitude that you show towards others…is going to enhance your relationships and lead to new relationships in the future,” English says. 


Just by writing a thank you note or by acknowledging the impact that someone has had on your life, you improve your existing relationships and better prepare yourself for future relationships. 


  • Gratitude impacts your physical health

People who take the time to be thankful are not only likely to be more thankful for their relationships and for those around them, but for their own health and well being. These people work out more, attend yearly checkups, eat better, take care of themselves and take a lot of time to be grateful for their bodies and what they can provide for them.


  • Gratitude can improve your psychological health

Being grateful reduces frustration, regret and envy. 


“Gratitude reduces a lot of toxic emotions. The more likely you are to practice gratitude, the happier you’re going to be,” English says.


  • Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression

People who are grateful tend to show more empathy and sensitivity. As a result, they have a decreased desire to seek revenge and are less likely to engage in angry actions.


  • Grateful people sleep better

If you write down just a few of the things that you’re grateful for before bed, you’re likely to sleep better because your anxiety is down. This simple act of gratitude can stop your mind from worrying about what is coming in the days and weeks ahead. This improves both the quality and length of your sleep. 


If you’re interested in learning more information about Pinnacle Pointe Hospital, be sure to check out their website here


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