During the holiday season, we’re reminded by the festivities around us of all the blessings we have received throughout the year.

As families and loved ones gather, we are given the opportunity to express our gratitude to their friendship, their love and their support. But gratitude isn’t just a practice for the holidays. Studies show that people who regularly perform intentional acts of gratitude experience more positive emotions, they relish more in good experiences, improve their sleeping habits, are more physically fit and are able to deal better with adversity and creating new and stronger relationships.

Expressing gratitude doesn’t have to be difficult or grandiose. It’s often the little things that create the most positive impacts. To express more gratitude in your life consider keeping a gratitude journal, setting aside a few minutes each day to say a prayer of thanks or simply saying thank you to a special someone.