In the aftermath of Thanksgiving break, many of us are counting our blessings and giving thanks for the many gifts in our lives. Yet practicing gratitude shouldn’t just be relegated to the holidays; in fact, being thankful year-round can have tremendous benefits.
We’ve all heard the maxim that life is better when you live it with an “attitude of gratitude” — and for good reason. Practicing gratitude can lessen stress, improve physical health, bolster relationships and create a culture of collaboration and respect. Gratitude has also been proven to enhance empathy, boost self-esteem and reduce aggression. For students, cultivating a sense of thankfulness can even improve learning outcomes.