Research has linked expressing gratitude to an increase in self-esteem, resiliency and overall life satisfaction. While Thanksgiving is a great time to be thankful and to express gratitude, it is important to make gratitude a habit. A simple thank you can go a long way. Once you feel the effects of being thankful, you won’t want to stop!

Research also suggests that benefits come from donating to charities or volunteering your time. Giving back is a powerful expression of support and gratitude. A wide range of research has linked different forms of generosity to better health, even among older adults and people dealing with illness. Giving back can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment. As we begin the holiday season, consider donating to your favorite charity or volunteering your time.