Updated: Oct 27, 2021
Gratitude is the practice of feeling content with what you have been given, whether it is a gift from someone or it’s a life circumstance. Displaying gratitude is the act of recognizing some type of benefit and “ blessing” with what you have.
In the field of mental health and spirituality, it has long been known that having an attitude of gratitude brings joy and happiness to one’s life. It enables a person to see the positive side of a situation and to be able to handle what is thrown at them in life with greater ease. Learning to be grateful allows one to see obstacles as opportunities for growth and to gain a better understanding that they can get through challenging times. Gratitude enables a person to be more flexible in situations that they have very little control over because what they turn their attention to are the things they can control and be thankful for. This outlook can have a huge impact on your mood and perspective and has proven to reduce fear and anxiety in situations where one feels uncertain.
Being grateful not only helps our mood and reduces the anxiety and fear we are all experiencing at some level right now, but it is also beneficial to one’s physical health. According to a May 5, 2021, UC Davis article from Newsroom:
Robert Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis, says the best medicine for mental health is a regular practice of gratitude. “It is precisely during difficult times where gratitude achieves its maximal power,” said Emmons, who is a world-recognized expert on the science of gratitude. “In the face of demoralization, gratitude has the power to energize. In the face of brokenness, grat