I’m Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.

When building a profitable practice, it’s important to have gratitude. Science proves that gratitude makes us happy. For most, gratitude is a pure, outright thank you. For others, a heartfelt thank you text or a card may seal the deal. But in psychology, it is not just an offhand action. Gratitude is a positive emotion that goes a long way in contributing to happiness. The recognition entails more than feeling thankful for an act of kindness or condition, because it consists of a deeper appreciation for someone or something. It affirms the graciousness of the giver.

When we focus more on the many blessings in our lives, we are more contented, cheerful, and generous. The feeling goes both ways. The giver derives immense joy from the act and the receiver appreciates the kindness. In a fast-paced world like ours, it is not unusual for daily blessings to go unnoticed. We often overlook the little acts of kindness we experience every day. Small acts of kindness shown daily culminate into a happier life.

Whether receiving or giving gratitude, scientific studies prove that gratitude makes us happy. Here’s how:

1. Better health

Gratitude increases optimism and optimism has been proven to boost the immune system. According to a study by Harvard Medical School, those who are optimistic live happier, healthier, longer lives.

2. New relationships

Saying thank you can constitute good manners, but showing appreciation may help you create new friendships, as well as live a happier life. A 2014 study discovered that thanking an acquaintance for kindness, more often than not, makes them seek a deeper relationship with you. It doesn’t matter how small the kindness. Simply acknowledging little deeds leads to new relationship opportunities and, of course, more happiness.

3. Less depression

Counting your blessings goes a long way in loving yourself without undue comparison. According to a study, a one-time act of thoughtful appreciation produces an 10% increase in happiness and a 35% reduction in depression.

4. Business health

As an entrepreneur or a team player, gratefulness is nonnegotiable. Everyone loves to be appreciated, so think of the world of good it would do your business if you show more gratitude in your life. Send a thank you email or card. Say thanks when someone goes out of their way to make your life and business easier. Showing gratitude to workers, clients, and investors makes you all happier and will give your business the needed boost, because everyone you deal with feels appreciated.

Cultivating and sustaining an attitude of gratitude goes a long way in helping you achieve happiness since there is virtually no downside to this simple act. Though it may seem taxing at first, it becomes easier with persistence.

I am Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own independent practice so that they can achieve financial independence and live without limits. Please go to businessofrehab.com/guide to pick up the free guide to help you determine the best business entity for your new practice.


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