How Practicing Gratitude Improves Your Health

by lydia on November 1, 2016

We’ve all heard the popular phrase, “Keep an attitude of gratitude,” especially in the month of November when we become the most thankful for everything in our lives because we celebrate Thanksgiving.

However, did you know that being grateful actually benefits your body physically and mentally?

There have even been studies done where scientists find that people who practice gratitude consistently are reaping many healthful benefits.

When you practice gratitude, it really benefits your entire body and well-being. Feeling grateful can:

  • Improve your immune system
  • Improve mental alertness
  • Improve sleeping habits and better quality and duration
  • Lower blood pressure, preventing heart attacks
  • Decrease depression, stress, and anxiety
  • Create more sustained happiness, optimism, and joy
  • Create more acts of compassion and generosity
  • Help us manage stress better and cope with difficult challenges
  • Help us feel less isolated or lonely, leading to better relationships and connectedness
  • Help your professional life by increasing decision-making capabilities and productivity

Surely, you can see why it’s so critical to practice gratitude daily throughout the entire year, not just in November. You can even teach your family how to practice giving thanks every day or make it a habit of doing together once a day, whether that’s around the breakfast table, dinner table or right before bed.

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21-Day Gratitude Challenge

There are many ways you can start practicing gratitude. Here are a few ideas:

  • Start a gratitude journal and write down five things you’re grateful for every day.
  • Create an Appreciation Photo Album by taking pictures of things and people you are grateful to have in your life.
  • Write a personal “Thank You” card to someone that you would like to show your gratitude to, and then give it to them or mail it.
  • Pay it forward by picking up the tab for the person behind you when you’re in line at a coffee shop or restaurant.

If you want even more inspiration or ideas on how you can get into the habit of being grateful, I invite you to join my 21-Day Gratitude Challenge now.

 

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