Practicing gratitude is good for your physical, mental and social health. It not only increases happiness and reduces depression, but research shows it helps us make new or strengthen our existing social relationships. In another research study, grateful couples were more satisfied in their relationships and felt closer to each other.
Ways to express gratitude
Do you have a person in your life whom you feel grateful for? There are many ways to express your appreciation and gratitude towards someone you care about. Here are a few ideas from Hello4Health™:
- Gratitude texting groups – Start a gratitude thread with a group of friends or family using these simple steps.
- Write a gratitude note. Choose someone you care about and let them know what makes you thankful for them. Either mail it, email it, send a recording of yourself reading it or find a time to read it aloud to them.
- Keep a gratitude journal. Write down or share with a loved one what you are grateful for each day.
Show that you care by sending a card
You don’t need a special occasion to make someone’s day special. Bring joy to the ordinary by sending a card just because.