Attitude of Gratitude to Improve Health


gratitude_breathing.jpgWhen was the last time you paused to think about how thankful you are for what you have? Instead, do you find yourself moving from task to task, caught up in the anxiety of trying to do and be everything? Now is the perfect time of year to reflect on what you are grateful for. Research shows there to be a host of health benefits that go hand in hand with regular practice of gratitude and appreciation.

What is gratitude anyway? Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what you receive. It’s an acknowledgement of all that is new and good in your life, helping you to connect to something bigger than yourself, such as other people, nature or some type of higher power. It’s the wonderful feeling that filters throughout your being when you pause for a moment and render yourself deeply appreciative of both the little and big things in your life.

Who knew that simple gratitude add-ins to your daily routine could result in amazing health benefits such as better sleep and lower levels of anxiety and depression? Studies have also shown that being thankful is linked to a healthy heart, better grades in school, a stronger immune system and stronger relationships.

Try out these simple tips to help you add-in a daily practice of gratitude and reap the benefits of being thankful.

1. Write thank you notes and gratitude letters to the people in your life you really appreciate.

2. Keep a gratitude journal. Each evening before falling asleep, take a couple of minutes to jot down everything you are grateful for. Hint… even the small stuff counts (a smile, a good meal, a warm house, etc.)

3. Just breathe. Take a couple minutes each day to slow down, focus on your breathing and reflect about what you are thankful for.

4. Be a hugger. Let people know you appreciate them by giving them a nice warm embrace.

What are you grateful for today?

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