The Science of Gratitude

What is Gratitude?

Gratitude, the quality of being thankful, is to appreciate (non-materialistic) aspects of life and a willingness to acknowledge that others play a part in our emotional well-being. It is an emotion strongly connected with mental health, life satisfaction, optimism, self-esteem, social relationships, and happiness that lasts throughout life. It is an essential skill in achieving self-awareness and self-management.

Why Gratitude Matters

  • Grateful people are happier and more satisfied with their lives, friends, family, community, and selves. They experience more hope, optimism, and self-esteemand perform better at school and work.

  • Gratitude is connected with more compassion,giving rise to stronger relationships. It is also associated with healthier lifestyles, improved sleep, a more robust immune system, and fewer negative emotions such as envy, depression, feelings of loneliness, and materialism.
  • Gratitude contributes tohope, resilience, and post-crisis coping. It can help us manage emotions such as loss and stress.
  • Gratitude can increase essential neurochemicals. An optimistic mindset releases feel-good neurochemicals such as dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin.

Did You Know? Teaching children empathy, positivity, and sharing are fundamental in fostering gratitude.

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“Gratitude is an essential part of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).”

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