November Is National Gratitude Month


Surya Narayan - November 22, 2022 -

Why Gratitude Is So Important…

There is a variety of things that can conjure positive feelings of appreciation or gratitude that may guide people towards meaning and better health.

Many of us express gratitude by saying “thank you” to someone who has helped us or given us a gift. From a scientific perspective, however, gratitude is not just an action: it is also a positive emotion that serves a biological purpose.

Positive psychology defines gratitude in a way where scientists can measure its effects, and thus argue that gratitude is more than feeling thankful: it is a deeper appreciation for someone (or something) that produces longer lasting positivity.

Modern psychology research confirms that gratitude is an important social emotion that can benefit the lives of religious people who practice gratitude, and that practicing gratitude can also benefit non-religious people.

Gratitude is a human emotion that can be most simply defined as appreciation or acknowledgment of an altruistic act.

For the purposes of positive psychology, gratitude is a tool for increasing well-being. The benefits of practicing gratitude are not linked to any sort of pathology or religion, but rather, linked to a desire to build people and societies that are healthy and thriving.

There are so many ways to practice gratitude, as the previous paragraphs explained. Maybe it is a gratitude journal, or maybe it is acting kindly towards a stranger because someone did that for you.

Next time you have a free moment, try practicing some gratitude. You might just be surprised by the benefits it brings you.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers.
  • Americans eat 704 million pounds of Turkey every Thanksgiving.
  • Tofu is the most hated Thanksgiving dish.
  • “Jingle Bells” was originally a Thanksgiving song.
  • The first Thanksgiving lasted 3 days.
  • About 50 Million people watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving  Day Parade annually.
  • More than four-fifths of Americans prefer the leftovers to the meal.
  • Minnesota raises the most turkeys in the U.S.
  • Thanksgiving is America’s second favorite holiday.
  • Sixty percent of Americans would rather do anything other than think about what they are grateful for on Thanksgiving.

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