My First Feature on Huffington Post: 8 Ways Gratitude Can Improve Your Health

I would like to share with you my very first blog post as an Huffington Post Contributor. This was definitely a milestone for me and I am proud of it. I invite you to read and digest some ways on which expressing gratitude can increase positive emotion in your life.



8 Ways Gratitude Can Improve Your Health

There are many ways in which we express gratitude in our day to day lives: saying a simple ‘thank you’; dropping thank-you notes or handwritten cards to friends, colleagues, or even your boss; thinking about great moments in life; keeping a gratitude journal; praying (if you are religious); and counting your blessings.

Being grateful could also mean appreciating what you receive, whether it is tangible or otherwise. To be truly thankful, one must acknowledge what is good in their life. From these meanings, we can see that what we should be grateful for – the source of goodness in one’s life – lies outside the self. Ultimately, thankfulness can connect you to other people or a higher power and lead to a better life.

Psychological research shows that being grateful makes you happier. You experience more positive emotions, handle adversity more effectively, build stronger relationships, relive positive life experiences, and it can even improve your overall health.


What positive effects can gratitude have on your health?

Both being grateful and showing gratitude can greatly benefit your health due to the long-term power of positive emotion. Some of these positive effects are outlined below.

#1 – Physical health

Grateful individuals typically take better care of themselves, including exercising, eating healthy, and attending regular medical check-ups, which all contribute to a generally healthier lifestyle and individual. If you are more grateful, you will also feel healthier with less aches and pains.

#2 – Psychological health

Expressing gratitude reduces toxic emotions, like envy, resentment, regret, and frustration. You are also less likely to feel negative emotions after an expression of gratitude. This improves your general well-being.

#3 – Better sleep

If you want a better night of sleep, you should keep a gratitude journal. Studies have shown that individuals that write about what they are grateful for during the day for 15 minutes in the evening tend to worry less at night and sleep both sounder and longer. Simply enough, thinking positively before going to bed is likely to make you sleep more peacefully.

#4 – Increased mental strength

One of the most effective ways to both combat and reduce trauma is by being grateful. A study of Vietnam War veterans showed that those that were more grateful experienced a greater level of daily well-being, which may lessen the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. Being grateful also makes people more resilient. In a survey tracking personal strength, a surge of gratitude was detected after the events of September 11, 2001, which led to community building, an increased sense of belonging, and the ability to better buffer negative stress in the future.

#5 – A healthy heart

A study has shown that experiencing positive emotions, including being grateful, changes heart rate variability. This could help in the treatment of hypertension and reduce risk in patients with congestive heart failure and/or coronary artery disease.

#6 – Better immunity

Being grateful is directly related to being optimistic. A study conducted by the University of Utah, as cited on WebMD, revealed that first-year law students who were stressed yet optimistic had more immune-boosting blood cells in their body. The less grateful students had weaker immunities.

#7 – Decreases stress

It is no surprise that stress can make you sick, especially if you are unable to cope with it. Stress can be linked to both cancer and heart disease. In fact, it could cause up to 90% of your visits to the doctor. However, you can cope with stress and other daily challenges by being grateful and expressing gratitude in your life.

#8 – Better outcomes in compromised health

Again, gratitude is associated with optimism. Due to this, individuals living with AIDS or those that are about to undergo surgery had better health outcomes when they expressed positivity and gratitude towards themselves and others.


Being grateful

So with these benefits in mind, you must be wondering, “How can I be more grateful?” Well, it is simply a state of mind, which is luckily very changeable. You can focus on the benefits you have received outside of yourself and be mindful of what you have, while also thinking positively about your opportunities in life. In this way, you can lead an optimistic life of gratitude.

PRESS RELEASE: Show Gratitude, Let Thank You Be Your Attitude






May 1, 2016


Contact:          Courtney Daniel

Telephone:       (857) 574-0098




NEWINGTON, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Local business C. Daniel Designs is kicking off its “Show Gratitude, Let Thank You Be Your Attitude” campaign with a card design party at Michaels at The Crossings in Newington on Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 2:00-4:00pm.

C. Daniel Designs’ new initiative works to bring local community members together to creatively express their gratitude to service members and organizations within the community by coming together and making cards with handwritten messages.

Multiple card design parties will be held in the upcoming months, giving local individuals a chance to meet old and new friends in the Seacoast while also giving back to the community by showing gratitude. C. Daniel Designs hopes to send 1,000 handwritten messages back into the community by this September, promoting individual and group engagement with gratitude throughout the area.

Attendees can expect to leave knowing they have positively affected the Seacoast and have tapped into their inner gratitude.

Michaels in Newington, New Hampshire is sponsoring this event along with more in the future. Be on the look out for more card design parties hosted by C. Daniel Designs in the Seacoast area throughout the summer.

C.Daniel Designs is a custom stationery company located in Rye, New Hampshire, specializing in creative, personalized invitations, thank-you notes, and other stationery materials for individuals and businesses.


If you would like more information, please contact Courtney Daniel at (857) 574-0098 or