Saying two little words more regularly might help ward off depressive symptoms, according to new research published in Personality and Individual Differences: Although it might sound too good to be true, the December 2016 study (which was conducted by researchers from three U.S. universities) found that just saying "thank you" could help combat symptoms of depression.
To conduct the study, researchers had 350 adults answer survey questions about their personalities. In their analysis of the participants' answers, the researchers found that being thankful was linked to a more positive mindset, while depression was more common among those participants who were less adept at revealing their true feelings to others.
Ultimately, the scientists concluded that expressing gratitude regularly could help people keep depressive symptoms at bay. Simply saying "thank you" more often could, they believe, help people open up to others and prevent them from dwelling on negative thoughts.
"In responding appreciatively and with kindness, gratitude offers the ability to reappraise a situation in a more positive light, which may then be associated with lower depressive symptoms," the study authors wrote.
Looks like an attitude of gratitude could be more important than we realized!
[h/t Daily Mail]