That feeling you experience when you look around at all you have and feel thankful? That’s gratitude. And it’s better for your health than you may realize. In fact, studies have found that practicing gratitude results in a multitude of health benefits.
“It helps build positive relationships, increases self-esteem and decreases toxic feelings such as anger and resentment,” says Heather Partridge, a behavioral health counselor at Tidelands Health Family Medicine at Holmestown Road in Myrtle Beach. “This leads people to have a more positive and, therefore, healthier outlook.”
Here are five ways gratitude has been shown to help improve health: