A Simple “Thank You” Can Actually Improve Your Wellbeing

Scientists are working to uncover the impact of showing gratitude. It turns out that saying thank you is more than polite. It can have a lasting impact on our physical and psychological well-being.

Numerous studies show that expressing and experiencing gratitude increases satisfaction, vitality, hope and optimism. It also decreases levels of depression, anxiety, envy, job-related stress and burnout. And, people who give and receive gratitude report fewer symptoms of physical illness, they exercise more and enjoy better quality sleep.

While many immediate effects of expressing gratitude are clear, researchers Stephen Yoshimura and Kassandra Berzins tell us it also contributes to long-term success in relationships and personal well-being “up to six months after a deliberate expression to one’s relationship’s partner.” Say thank you early and often to experience the life-altering benefits of graciousness and appreciation.