Emma-Louise Pritchard, Digital Editor, Country Living UK
Science suggests that practising gratitude and actively trying to be more grateful every day can make us mentally and physically healthier. It can help us be happier, less anxious and boost our immune systems.
One study, by scientists at the University of California, found that people aged between eight and 80 who consistently practise gratitude enjoy a number of physical benefits, including better sleep, a stronger immune system and less daily aches and pains.
They benefit mentally too, feeling more joyful and optimistic. They were also found to be kinder to others and more helpful, generous and compassionate. Finally, grateful people were found to feel less isolated and lonely.