University of Michigan Study: Being Grateful Could Mean Improved Health

Sure, being grateful feels good but it may also have implications for your physical and mental health, according to researchers at the University of Michigan and University of California, San Francisco.

A new study monitored cell phone data among users in the U.S., Australia, Hong Kong and India to track how gratefulness affected individuals’ wellbeing.

Using a the cell phone app MyBPLab, researchers were able to measure blood pressure and heart rates with embedded sensors of more than 4,800 participants. They found that people who were more grateful had both lower heart rates and blood pressure and had increased feelings of appreciation toward other people.

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