1. You'll stress less. Meditation and other mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) techniques have been proven to relieve pain, increase blood flow and generate good moods.
2. You'll focus less on petty things. It's hard to stay mad at the dog for tracking mud on the carpet when you remind yourself that you're stable and successful enough to have a dog in the first place.
3. You'll feel more connected to the ones you love. Who helped you achieve your successes? Who was there for you every step of the way? Go thank them. You aren't alone, and expressing your thanks will bring you even closer together.
4. You'll release endorphins. You've probably heard of happy-making hormones like serotonin and dopamine, but you don't need to chase a runner's high to get them. They can be released through positive attitudes and outlooks.
5. You'll sleep better. This is especially true if you count your blessings right before bed. Instead of tumbling into anxious dreams promoted by anxious thoughts, you'll drift into a relaxed, happy state of unconsciousness.
6. You'll improve your immune system. Stress can have a tangible effect on the immune system, so once you lessen or even eliminate it, you'll improve things like your blood pressure and cardiovascular health. You'll also get sick less often with a stronger immune system.
7. You'll boost your creativity. It's a myth that tortured souls are the most imaginative. Happiness has been proven to boost cognitive development and help with everything from self-expression to problem-solving.
8. You'll appear more attractive to others. Have you ever noticed that happy people have a certain glow? You can generate that glow by improving your own life.
9. You'll always have perspective. Many people struggle with negativity because they lose sight of what's really important. If you stay grateful, you'll never forget where you came from and where you want to go.
10. You'll have a more positive outlook on life. At the end of the day, it's easier to face and overcome challenges when you're bolstered by the things that make you happy.
These are just a few of the advantages of developing a gratitude habit. Cultivate your feelings of thankfulness and humbleness to make yourself a better, more positive person.