With Thanksgiving just around the corner, most of us are saving our expressions of gratitude for the holiday. However, according to scientists, counting your blessings year-round can be good for your mental health and well-being, ultimately boosting your chance of success. The concept is simple: a healthy mind = a healthy body.

Taking the time to be thankful and appreciative for things you have received – tangible or intangible – helps you feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve your health, deal with adversity and build strong relationships – all crucial traits both in and out of the workplace. Read below for a few creative ways you can show gratitude to those around you.

  • Be an active listener
  • Give compliments
  • Be thoughtful of others
  • Volunteer for unpleasant tasks
  • Share a smile