In the very fast paced world we live it, it is so important to take moments each day to be grateful for all of the various aspects of your life. Anything from appreciating the relationships you have surrounded yourself with to acknowledging the stranger who smiled to you on your way to work.

Here are five ways gratitude can greatly improve your daily life:

A More Present Lifestyle

Being grateful allows you to be more present in your life. It enables you to think about what you are grateful for in one specific moment. This increases self-awareness and awareness of your surroundings. The people in your life will feel your presence when you’re with them and your relationships will be nurtured.

Relationship Improvement

Expressing gratitude to those around you helps deepen the connection in relationships. You will create an honest and vulnerable atmosphere. It is also important to acknowledge the different types of relationships you have in your life and how they impact you in different ways.

Sleep Improvement

Being mindful of gratitude has been clinically-proven to improve sleep quality. Expressing gratitude decreases worry and forces you to focus on the positive, rather than dwelling on the negative. Less stress equals better sleep.

Better Health

People who are more grateful generally have better health. They are appreciative of their own health and stay focused on self-improvement. When you express gratitude for your physical well-being, you’ll also find a desire to maintain it.

Mental Health

Gratitude improves your mental well-being. Being grateful reduces jealousy, depression, irritability, anger and sadness. You cannot be happy and sad at the same time, it doesn’t work. The more grateful you are, the less likely you are to compare yourself to others, and you’ll find that you’re more self-aware and have greater levels of positivity.