7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude*
- Gratitude improves physical health.
- Gratitude improves psychological health.
- Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression.
- Grateful people sleep better.
- Gratitude improves self-esteem.
- Gratitude increases mental strength.
- Gratitude opens the door to more relationships and can help improve relationships.
How Team Members Can Participate
Higher Information Group employees are encouraged to share photos of things, people or moments that they are grateful for. With permission, photos may be shared on HIG social media channels.
- Employees can share photos or notes on the “Gratitude Wall” located at the main office in Harrisburg.
- Employees can drop gratitude notes in the “Gratitude Box” located in the lunchroom at the main office in Harrisburg.
- Employees can share via their own Facebook page by tagging Higher Information Group (@higherinfogroup) or with the hashtag #HIGGratitudeChallenge
- Employees or customers can complete an online form with info for sharing.
- Employees may use free notecards (available starting Nov 2) to write a personal message thanking a team member.
How Anyone Can Participate
- Follow along on Facebook @higherinfogroup during the month of November for inspiration. Along with sharing posts from our team members, we will be sharing relevant data and other interesting tidbits about the benefits of a daily gratitude practice.
- Start your own challenge and invite your friends!
- Consider spending five minutes a day keeping a daily gratitude journal. This link provides prompts, templates and apps you can use to get started.
Why Take the Challenge?
Research shows that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits, including physical benefits like stronger immune systems, fewer aches & pains, lower blood pressure, better sleep and more. Psychological benefits include higher levels of positive emotions, feeling more alert, more joy, pleasure, and optimism. An attitude of gratitude also has social benefits like feeling more generous and compassionate, more forgiving, and less lonely or isolated. So, why NOT take the challenge? You might be GRATEFUL you started!
*Morin, A. (2015, April 3). 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude. Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201504/7-scientifically-proven-benefits-gratitude