Does Gratitude Help You to Fight Stress?


MJ Gonzales │ Executive Chronicles

With the presence of stress and pressures even during your day-off, breathing negative vibes is like natural thing. But of course bad vibes doesn’t count as air, but pollutants that consume your heart, mind, and soul. If you want to change these, you may start by being grateful.

Apparently being grateful can counter not only bad moods, but also negative habits and health practices.  According to Real Simple’s account; gratefulness makes a person resilient to trauma or failures, happy and nicer person, energetic, and healthier. They added that grateful people are appreciative of their health so they make their heart stronger, experience lower blood pressure, control stress hormones, boost performance of the kidney, and get good night sleeps.

In a Forbes’ report, they shared that gratitude improves psychological health and behavior. They added that there are studies that mentioned gratitude can tone down emotions such as envy, regret, frustration, and aggression. Thus in effect, grateful people become emphatic and stronger versus depression and criticism.  In addition to these, Wall Street Journal reported that grateful people become helpful to their community and open for volunteerism.

“Gratitude motivates people into trying to give back,” Michael McCullough, a psychology professor at the University of Miami said, via WSJ, “and the research is really good that volunteering is good for health. Emotional state to social contact to feeding back into health behavior—it all makes sense.”

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Another good effect of developing gratefulness in people is they also become less suicidal and satisfied with their lives. In study also shared by WSJ, suicidal patients who participated to compose gratitude letters felt hopeful than before.

“A grateful stance toward life is relatively immune to both fortune and misfortune,” Robert Emmons, a professor of psychology at the University of California said, via Real Simple.