Gratitude is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only does expressing it make the other person feel good, it helps make our bodies and minds healthier too. “There is a magnetic appeal to gratitude,” says Robert Emmons, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, and a pioneer of gratitude research (who knew?). “It speaks to a need that is deeply entrenched.”
When people appreciate what they’ve received, most of them feel compelled to give back. Doing so helps build a successful and cohesive team. And acknowledging the reasons you are grateful keeps you from disconnecting from others, which can lead to loneliness, anger, or even a less robust immune system.