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In business, the return on investment (ROI) for your money is valued in terms of the ratio between your net profit and the cost of investment. A financial analyst quickly calculates this value which generally reflects success, failure and or progress on the part of an entrepreneur or investor.
The ROI for health and well-being, for entrepreneurs, investors and us all alike, is not as easily calculable. There is plenty of research in health and medicine that discusses how to improve health, regain health and sustain good health. A clear takeaway from the research on gratitude is that gratitude supports well-being in terms of physical, mental, emotional and social health, especially in the time of coronavirus. In other words, the ROI for well-being from expressing gratitude is particularly strong at this time.
What are the benefits of expressing gratitude? There are at least 4 perks of expressing gratitude that promote health and well-being.
1. Expressing gratitude strengthens our relationships
In a study demonstrating that gratitude strengthens relationships, the researchers write, “Relationships with others who are responsive to our whole self — our likes and dislikes, our needs and preferences — can help us get through difficult times