Are you ready for Thanksgiving next Thursday? Besides watching football and eating an amount unheard of at a normal dinner, one tradition many people partake in is giving thanks. What are you thankful for? Regardless of the time of year, it is always important to show thanks and have gratitude; this even impacts your health. Keep reading for three health benefits of gratitude and how you can start appreciating life more.
3 Health Benefits of Gratitude
1. Reduce Stress
Those who have a mindset of gratitude and positivity tend to have lower stress levels. As noted in WebMD, having a low level of stress is critical to maintaining a healthy immune system and can prevent diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.
2. Fight Depression
Just like stress, being depressed can have a serious impact on one’s health. Researchers at York University found that those who made attempts to increase positivity by trying to see the good in the people and the things in their lives had a shift in mood and mindset; this was especially true in self-critical individuals.
3. Overall Health
Minding stress and fighting depression are important benefits of a gracious mindset, but practicing positivity and gratitude simply benefits your overall health. Healthline notes that those who are more positive and acknowledge the good things in life tend to eat better, exercise more and have healthier relationships than those who do not.
How are your levels of gratitude? Consider practicing thankfulness in daily life to receive the health benefits of a more positive lifestyle. If you are looking for ways to become more gracious, here are three ways to get started from CFIDS & Fibromyalgia Self-Help; good luck!
3 Ways to Start Showing Gratitude
1. Keep a Journal
Write down everyone and everything you are grateful for. Keeping a log of what you are grateful for is a great way to see what you have in your life. It is best to write entries at the same time every day.
2. Change Self-Talk
So often when we talk to ourselves about ourselves, the conversation can be unpleasant. Changing our internal dialog can elevate mood levels and make us more aware of the good things around us.
3. Surround Yourself with the Right People
Negativity can be spread around and caught just like the common cold! To keep and maintain a more grateful mindset, surround yourself with people who are already that way. Spend more time with positive people to better your gratitude goals.
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