Why gratitude matters

Flower in front of church.

Gratitude does great things for us

Muriel Waley details the benefits of gratitude by examining what happens when people aren’t grateful: “Ungrateful people: the “poison” of ingratitude

Benefit-centered upgrading implies a more positive approach that activates beneficial emotions and causes positive neurophysiological reactions. Gratitude helps us disconnect from toxic emotions and ruminating thoughts, allowing us to focus on the positive. Or as Sonja Lyubomirsky said “gratitude is an antidote to negative emotions, a neutralizer of envy, hostility, worry and irritation”.

Muriel Waley