Posted by: Christie Lanasa
Date: November 21, 2016
Thanksgiving is just about here. It’s not hard to appreciate a holiday tradition that often revolves around turkey with all the fixings, plus dessert. Or getting together with loved ones to share conversation. But did you know there are compelling health reasons to be thankful – and not just one day a year? Research has shown that gratitude can improve your health by providing a cornucopia of personal perks like:
Focusing on what is good in your life can help you notice benefits you have taken for granted, or people who have been positive influences including friends, work colleagues, and even strangers. At work, it can increase morale and willingness to work as a team by improving relationships with coworkers. Look for opportunities to be grateful and identify what you are thankful for. Tell someone what you appreciate about them; maybe put your thank you in writing and give it to them. That will make you feel better, too.
Gratitude can be applied to the past (remembering childhood, or other good memories), present (looking for the good, noticing positive things that happen, saying thank you), and future (keep a hopeful attitude). Like any habit, the more you exercise it, the easier and more natural it will become. Keeping a gratitude journal can be a valuable way to practice, and can help provide fuel for good dreams, as you drift off to sleep.
The information presented is for your general knowledge and does not replace the advice of your health care provider. All medical inquiries regarding your health should be presented to your health care provider.