The Healing Power of Gratitude

Dylan Smith, 12th Grade South Brunswick High School

Dylan Smith

The many ways being grateful benefits us.


Gratitude is perhaps the most important key to finding success and happiness in the modern day. Knowing what we appreciate in life means knowing who we are, what matters to us and what makes each day worthwhile. Paying attention to what we feel grateful for puts us in a positive frame of mind. It connects us to the world around us and to ourselves. Research demonstrates that focusing on what we are grateful for is a universally rewarding way to feel happier and more fulfilled.


As an important mental health principle, the benefits of gratitude extend far beyond what we may imagine. Scientific studies have found that gratitude is associated with:

  • Greater happiness
  • More optimism and positive emotions
  • New and lasting relationships
  • Better health
  • More progress toward personal goals
  • Fewer aches and pains
  • More alertness and determination
  • Increase generosity and empathy
  • Better sleep
  • Improved self-esteem

We have found that gratitude keeps us healthy and happy which improves our quality of life. And the more people enjoy life and take more action in doing new things the happier everyone will be.