What Are the Benefits of Practicing Gratitude and Thankfulness?

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Feelings of gratitude are for more than Thanksgiving dinner — gratitude and thankfulness have profound impacts on your mental health and overall wellbeing. Whether you’re writing a thank-you note or practicing gratitude meditation, acknowledging what you’re thankful for can help you feel lighter and more appreciative for the people and blessings in your life.

While it’s not always easy to see your glass as half-full — in fact, it’s important to pay attention to negative emotions — there’s some science that supports focusing on thankfulness. From feeling less stressed to making deeper connections and relationships, there are many benefits in expressing gratitude.