Gratitude increases happiness and reduces depression

Research shows that being grateful is good for your health, promotes well-being and increases happiness!

Several studies confirm that practicing gratefulness, such as by recording feelings of gratitude in a journal, provides health benefits. Feeling grateful effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.

Practicing gratefulness and appreciation can:

  • Make us happier and promote well-being
  • Reduce depression
  • Help us handle difficult times
  • Help ensure we sleep better and therefore feel more refreshed
  • Make us feel more useful and have greater likelihood of making progress once we have set personal goals
  • Get us to focus on the positive and reduce negative feelings

Martin Seligmann, known as the founder of positive psychology, has conducted extensive studies of depression, happiness and quality of life.

One project, where he studied the relationship between gratitude and depression, provided some surprising results. Subjects were asked over a certain period to take note of the positive things that happened to them during the day. They were asked to record this in a “gratitude” diary.

  • These could include big things, such as the love they felt towards family members, or things they had mastered.
  • They could also include small things, such as the observation that it was a sunny day, or that they had watched a movie they liked.

As part of the experiment, Seligman also asked subjects to record how deep their depression was.

Result: those who reported the deepest depression also reported the greatest effect!

Exercising gratitude has health benefits. It also helps you to cope with the positive and negative things in your life better, as well as deal with difficult times.

Be more present in your everyday life

It’s easy to forget all the good things that happen during a day or week. Don’t let stress, bad conscience or negative thoughts take over your everyday life. Starting to look for good moments is a great way to remind yourself of what matters in life.

Take time to set aside a few minutes, just to feel – feel what it does to you to appreciate all that is good.

What is important to you? What makes you happy? And what do you really choose to spend your time on?

Enjoying a nice sunset and the tranquility by the sea.

This is much of the core of Mindfit app

An important part of Mindfit is keeping track of small events and experiences in your everyday life. It can be anything from nice experiences, things you like, that you have received praise, made others happy or something you are grateful for.

In this way, you can practice being more present, just stop and feel the small and big pleasures in your everyday life.

This is how you get started:

  1. Start small.
  2. Begin by recording positive events and experiences that happen during the course of your daily life.
  3. Take note of what makes you happy, when you master something and what you like. It can be something as simple as enjoying a good cup of coffee, going for a walk, meeting friends, enjoying a quiet moment or a nice sunset.

It sounds simple, but it requires you to decide to set aside a few minutes regularly to do it. This is perhaps where the greatest challenge lies ­– remembering to do it.

We have taken this into account, and the Mindfit app will send you alerts so that you can start making new good habits. Read more about Mindfit app

Ready to change your mindset?

Download Mindfit app

Try for free! Our app is available at App Store and Google play.

Mindfit app
Mindfit app