Here’s one thing you can do today to make your coworkers healthier and happier

Tip your waitstaff and thank your nurses.

Being thanked more frequently at work can ultimately benefit physical health, according to a recent study involving acute-care nurses in Oregon. Receiving expressions of gratitude improved these nurses’ satisfaction with their work, and in turn predicted sounder sleep, more attempts to eat healthy and even fewer headaches.

This latest study demonstrating the perks of gratitude, published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Positive Psychology, asked 146 registered nurses, a majority of whom were female and white, to fill out surveys about their sleep, physical health, reception of expressions of gratitude, and evaluations of their work-related tasks every week for 12 weeks.

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