July 7th is “Thank You” Day

Why Saying "Thank You" is good for us

In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

  • It can improve our relationships. Partners can feel more appreciated when they are told thank you for doing something rather than it being taken for granted.
  • It can improve our physical health. Saying thank you lowers blood pressure, improves immunity and helps us sleep better as we are more content.
  • It is well researched that gratitude increases happiness, decreases depression as well as enhances empathy and reduces aggression. It is hard to be angry with someone when you are being thanked.
  • It improves our self-esteem and well-being of those we give thanks to as it is a positive effect for both.

So saying thank you is not simply a matter of being polite it has numerous side benefits too.

There is some interesting information written by UCL Health