Thanks for health

The wellness boost of showing a little gratitude

You may observe that some people are jerks—er, less thankful than others—whether by choice, disposition or experiences. Showing a little gratitude when it’s due, however, is decidedly good medicine for your relationships. A study in the peer-reviewed journal Personal Relationships interviewed 468 married people, asking them about whether they felt appreciated by their spouse, their level of financial strain and related conflicts, and the quality of their marriage. Expressing and perceiving gratitude turned out to be the strongest indicator of a happy marriage and reduced risk of succumbing to the stress-related effects of conflict (like getting divorced). Further, in what the researchers called a “spillover effect,” people who feel appreciated by their spouses are more likely to express gratitude, creating a feedback loop that fosters positive behaviors and attitudes. So, don’t be a jerk: If you appreciate the people around you, tell them so.