I am talking about gratitude and its counterpart appreciation.

Nice to meet you.

It’s a Mind Tool we use to remind ourselves of the good. A lens that helps us to see the things that don’t make it onto our lists of problems to be solved. It’s a light that we shine on the people who give us the good things in life. It’s a bright highlighter we apply to invisible blessings, like clean streets or good health or enough food to eat in our pantry.

 Here are 7 fun facts to boost your day:

  • Grateful People give 20% more time and money to their charity and have a stronger bond with their local community.
  • Gratitude is related to age, for every 10 years you are, your gratitude increases 5%.
  • Did you know that within the workplace happier people’s income is approximately 7% higher and grateful people will have 10% less work stress, related illnesses, are more physically fit.
  • 88% of people say that expressing gratitude to colleagues makes them feel happier and more fulfilled.
  • 93% of people agree that grateful bosses are more likely to succeed.
  • Grateful People reported more satisfying relationships and are better liked by their peers.
  • Grateful Children and Teens receive 20% better grades and are 10X less likely to start smoking!

Want to know a secret? 

If you want to add longevity to your life, Grateful and Positive people add 7 years to their lives!

Finally, research studies have shown when people who are generally more grateful gave more money to a cause, they showed greater neural sensitivity in the medial prefrontal cortex, a brain area associated with learning and decision making. While not conclusive, this suggests that practicing gratitude may help train the brain to be more sensitive to the experience of gratitude down the line, contributing to improved mental health over time.

Let’s feel the gratitude this Holiday Season.  Let those around you know how much you love and appreciate them!

Author of “Lost, Found, & Rewired: Mind Tools that Shift You From Stressed and Frazzled to Calm and Vital” I educate people on how the brain works and how you can get it to work for you.