With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it seems like a good time for us to think about what we are thankful for, but what if we practiced being thankful year-round? What if I told you that expressing gratitude on a daily basis improves your overall health and well being?

Research has shown a strong link between mind and body.  Individuals who are grateful take better care of themselves and live healthier lives.  These individuals are more likely to be optimistic. This has even more beneficial effects on health such as improved immune function and heart rate.  Those who are grateful have healthier diets, exercise more frequently, and manage stress better than those who only see gratitude as a temporary emotion.  Showing gratitude on a regular basis can have both physical and mental health benefits.

Appreciative people are also happier people!  Gratitude generates a greater sense of positivity and gives individuals a better outlook on life.  Being grateful helps people build stronger relationships and protects against negative emotions that could arise from tragic events.  Live healthy and be thankful!

Did You Know?

Being thankful…

  • Promotes self-worth and self-esteem
  • Boosts energy
  • Increases resiliency
  • Improves decision making
  • Boost productivity
  • Prevents disease
  • Improves attitude
  • Improves blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease
  • Prevents depression

6 Ways to Practice Being Thankful

  1. Keep a journal and write down something you are thankful for every day.
  2. Meditate and be mindful.
  3. Avoid complaining, criticizing, and gossiping.
  4. Appreciate the little things.
  5. Tell someone you appreciate them.
  6. Say “Thank you”.

 

Sources: Harvard University, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health, LifeWork Strategies EAP, and Adventist HealthCare. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For medical advice, consult your physician. Feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.