This year, our team’s theme is #YNHLoveYourNeighbour, and we aim to “share the love” with those around us.

A big key to this is maintaining an “Attitude of Gratitude”. All of us in Niagara have much to be thankful for. Here are 8 benefits of having that positive attitude:

Gratitude improves your attitude

When we express gratitude, we begin to think more positively and with more optimism. This, of course can diminish stress and better equip our minds for whatever comes at us.

Gratitude builds stronger relationships

It doesn’t matter if you’re giving it or receiving it, saying “thanks” or being thanked strengthens the bond between the two parties. When you say “thank you,” you’re thanking the other person for their help or consideration and making them feel special.

Gratitude improves your mental health

Feeling frustrated? Write down everything in your life you’re thankful for, big or small. This can help you process your emotions and prevent you from falling into depression.

Gratitude enhances your physical health

Believe it or not, studies have shown there’s a link between showing gratitude and your physical health. People who are thankful receive positive health reports, are more likely to be more active more often, and visit the doctor more frequently.

Gratitude boosts your self-esteem

When we take stock of everything in our lives that we’re grateful for, we can see just how fortunate we are with what we have and we’re less likely to compare ourselves or be envious of others.

Gratitude grants you a better night’s sleep

As we’ve already covered, expressing gratitude reduces stress, and, as we all know, less stress leads to better sleep. It’s that simple.

Gratitude increases your empathy for others

When we make a habit of thanking others, we slowly but surely become more sensitive to their needs and feelings and, according to studies, are less likely to retaliate when faced with negativity from others.

Gratitude spreads happiness

Gratitude has been proven to have a positive impact on people’s general well-being. When we’re thankful, we’re more satisfied with life and we can help others find that satisfaction too.

– Based on a copyrighted article written by Buffini & Company



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