Thank You: The Benefits of Gratitude
Being thankful is big in Islam as well. Allah says in the Quran, “So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me.” (2:152) Karaz’s Shahrazad takes a look at the essence of gratitude, and the benefits that come along with it.
The more grateful you are in Islam, and the more thankful you are to God, the more blessings He bestows. There is something to be said about being more conscious of the blessings we all have in our lives and being aware of our situation. Knowing that we are in fact, luckier than we might feel sometimes, can give one the needed perspective to carry out a more positive life outlook.
An attitude of gratitude can do wonders for your health. Not only mentally, but physically as well. Robert Emmons, a psychology professor at the University of California gives us a list of the advantages people who are thankful have over those who aren’t:
According to Emmons, people who are thankful are more likely to:
- take better care of themselves physically and mentally
- engage in more protective health behaviors and maintenance
- get more regular exercise
- eat a healthier diet
- have improved mental alertness
- schedule regular physical examinations with their doctor
- cope better with stress and daily challenges
- feel happier and more optimistic
- avoid problematic physical symptoms
- have stronger immune systems
- maintain a brighter view of the future
So seeing as it is something that will benefit one spiritually, emotionally, mentally and phsycially—why not take a moment every day, and stop to say thank you? Think specifically of the things you are thankful for, and put your life into perspective and know, no matter how bad things might seem—they could always be worse. So take the bull by the horns, and work with what you abundantly have, and go out there and live life to the fullest.