- Promotes the savoring of positive life experiences. Relishing and taking pleasure in the gifts in your life raises your awareness and experience of satisfaction and enjoyment in your current circumstances.
- Boosts self-worth and self-esteem. Realizing how much others do for you and how much you have accomplished helps you feel more confident.
- Helps in coping with stress and trauma. Gratitude helps to positively reinterpret stressful or negative experiences.
- Encourages moral behavior. Grateful people are more likely to help others and show compassion.
- Builds social bonds. Cultivating gratitude helps in experiencing a sense of connectedness.
- Inhibits invidious comparisons with others. If you’re genuinely thankful and appreciative for what you have, you’re less likely to envy others.
- Deters or diminishes feelings of anger, bitterness, and greed. Gratitude is incompatible with negative emotions.
- Prevents the tendency to take things for granted. Cultivating gratitude thwarts the hedonic adaptation that often happens over time after something exciting and new enters our lives.
Source: The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky