ANN ARBOR – Sure, being grateful feels good but it may also have implications for your physical and mental health, according to researchers at the University of Michigan and University of California, San Francisco.

A new study monitored cell phone data among users in the U.S., Australia, Hong Kong and India to track how gratefulness affected individuals’ wellbeing.

According to the study’s findings, gratitude helped people emphasize the positive aspects each day, while optimism decreased the negative aspects each day.

“Gratitude also orients people toward others and the benefits they have bestowed to them, whereas optimism may orient people to themselves as they focus on their own specific future,” the study’s co-author and assistant professor in U-M’s Department of Psychology, Amie Gordon, said in a release.

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