It’s hard not to think about hearts when you think about Valentine’s Day; they’re on everything from cards to candy. While hearts are often a symbol of love, hearts also bring to mind gratitude.
Gratitude can have a positive impact on the quality of your life. Whether you keep a gratitude journal, jotting down a daily list of things to be grateful for, or take a few quiet moments during the day to contemplate those things that soften your heart, you may experience a welcome shift in your health and your mood.
Here are seven scientifically proven benefits:
- Saying thank you is not only the polite thing to do, but showing your appreciation may attract new friends and improve existing friendships. According to a 2014 study published in Emotion thanking people you recently met makes it more likely they will seek an on-going relationship. So thanking a stranger for holding a door open or sending a thank you note to a co-worker who helped with a project can expand and improve your social circle.
- According to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences, grateful people experience less aches and pains and report feeling healthier than other. Grateful people take better care of themselves. They exercise more and visit their doctor regularly.
- Gratitude can help alleviate painful and toxic emotions such as envy, resentment, frustration, and regret. Robert Eamons, a prominent gratitude researcher, has conducted numerous studies that link gratitude to well-being. His research confirms that gratitude leads to happiness and reduces depression.
- According to a 2012 study by the University of Kentucky, grateful people are more like to act in a kind manner, even when others aren’t as nice. Study participants who had high gratitude scores were less likely to want to seek revenge when they felt slighted than those who scored lower. They were more sensitive and empathetic toward others.
- Gratitude leads to better sleep. According to a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being spending 15 minutes writing down things you are grateful for will lead to a more restful night’s sleep.
- Gratitude improves self-esteem. Some studies show that gratitude reduces the amount of time you spend comparing yourself to your friends and neighbors – a big reason for low self-esteem. Grateful people are more likely to appreciate the success of others.
- Gratitude reduces stress and plays a major role in one’s ability to overcome trauma. Studies show that being grateful fosters resilience and improves your mental health.
Valentine’s Day is Monday and we have lots to be grateful for here at SeniorCare. For 43 years now, Gloucester House has hosted a Valentine’s Day Breakfast Fundraiser in support of Meals on Wheels, a program of SeniorCare. In 1974, the Linquata Family began a tradition of donating their restaurant and a full breakfast to help raise much needed funds to help ensure older people who have difficulty preparing their own food, or are unable to get out, receive a hot, nutritious, meal delivered to their home Monday – Friday.
On Friday, March 10, 2017, you can come down to the Gloucester House, 7 – 9:30 a.m. and have a hot, magnificently delicious breakfast for $12. One hundred percent of the proceeds supports Meals on Wheels. The generosity and kindness of the Linquata family is not lost on us. We are grateful for this long standing tradition and we give much thanks to the Linquata Family.