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The Positive Effects of Expressing Gratitude

The Cabana at Jensen Dunes

Assisted Living and Memory Support

Everyone views aging differently. Some are in denial. Others are sad to see the years go by. But those who age best, age gratefully – celebrating the process with optimism and a thankful attitude.

Expressing gratitude has many positive benefits – and is especially important for older adults.

Professors Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough developed a study that examined “the effect of a grateful outlook on psychological and physical well-being.” They found that “those who kept gratitude journals on a weekly basis exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole, and were more optimistic about the upcoming week compared to those who recorded hassles.”

Expressing gratitude is contagious, too. The study goes on to state that “participants in the daily gratitude condition were more likely to report having helped someone with a personal problem or having offered emotional support to another.” A simple “thank you” or sweet gesture to a friend, colleague or stranger can go a long way.

Here at The Cabana, we strive to show gratitude toward our residents and staff on a daily basis. Supporting an uplifting, empowering lifestyle is part of our philosophy. Try incorporating gratitude into your lifestyle … and see what a difference it makes!