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The Importance of Gratitude in Promoting Well-Being Among Nurses

Updated: Dec 8, 2023

The Importance of Gratitude in Promoting Well-

Being Among Nurses

Nurses are known for their commitment, endurance, and work ethic. But how often do we give thanks and appreciation to nurses or the things that make us happy?

We are going to look at the benefits of gratitude and how it can help you enjoy a happy, fulfilled life. From reducing stress to improving your mood and boosting your immune system, gratitude has a lot of benefits.


When you focus on things that make you happy, you can reduce stress and anxiety.

Let’s look at gratitude and how you can start incorporating gratitude into your

nursing life today.



The Power of Gratitude: An Introduction

Gratitude is an emotion that has been shown to have a positive impact on our health and well-

being. When we are grateful for what we have in our lives, we are more likely to live a healthy

lifestyle and make healthy choices.


When we are grateful for the good things in our lives, we are less likely to focus on the negative

and more likely to feel positive emotions such as joy, love, and peace. Gratitude has

been shown to help us reduce our stress levels, improve our relationships and increase our

physical health.


Here are a few ways to practice gratitude in your nursing career:

1. Make a list of all the good things that have happened to you in the past month.

2. Write down five things you are grateful for every day.

3. Spend time with people who make you happy.

4. Give thanks for the little things in life.

5. Write a letter of gratitude to someone special.

The Benefits of Gratitude in a Nursing Career

There are many benefits to gratitude in a nursing career.


Five Ways to Incorporate Gratitude into Your Nursing Career

1. Gratitude makes you happier- Focusing on the good in your life takes the

focus off of the bad. Remember, there is always good in every situation, even when

things are tough.

2. Gratitude makes you healthier- When you are grateful for the good in your life, you are

more likely to make healthy choices, like eating a healthy diet and exercising

exercise.

3. Gratitude makes you more productive- Gratitude will give you a positive outlook on

your work and increase your motivation, making you more productive.

4. Gratitude makes you more compassionate- If you are grateful for your health, you are

more likely to be compassionate and empathic towards others who are sick.

5. Gratitude makes you wiser- You will want to learn ways to become healthier, learn

new skills to improve your work performance, find new ways to have fun, and appreciate

your coworkers, family, and friends.


For some nursing can be an overwhelming career, constantly working and caring for others,

without the recognition you deserve. Gratitude is the key to a happy healthy nursing career.

When we are grateful for the opportunities we have and the people we work with, it makes our nursing career feel more worthwhile. And, by being grateful for your career, we can make a difference in the lives of your patients.



Reflection

1. What are you thankful for in your life? Can you list three things?

2. Do you think practicing gratitude will help improve your mental health?

3. Who can you give gratitude to at work?



Sources:

https://www.greatergood.berkely.edu.gratitude-practice-for-nurses/

https://minoritynurse.com/how-an-attitude-of-gratitude-helps-us/

https://www.ggsc.berkeley.edu/gratitudefornurses

https://www.journals.lww.com/nursingmanagement/fulltext/2020/02000/the-art-of-gratitude


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