For Americans, November and the Thanksgiving holiday mark a time to show gratitude for the bounty in our lives. But did you realize that the actual act of giving thanks may improve health and wellness?
Research has shown that a grateful attitude can improve both mental and physical health. Studies have linked a positive outlook about one’s situation with health benefits related to better sleep, relationships, heart health, mental health, and a stronger immune system, among other perks. But to gain these benefits, the practice of giving thanks is one that must be practiced year-round, not relegated to a single holiday.
So how can you cultivate the gratitude habit over time? It’s easier than you think. Try incorporating some of these ideas into your life, and reap the health and happiness benefits that a thankful outlook can offer:
Keep a Gratitude Journal: People who jot down what they’re thankful for before bedtime fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer, according to scientists. Place a journal and pen on your nightstand and spend a few moments giving thanks to potentially improve the quality of your sleep – which has an impact on skin health, not to mention the entire body.
Write a thank-you note: Consider penning an old-fashioned, paper note from time to time as a way to show thanks for kindnesses. Not only will this act enhance your own sense of gratitude, but you’ll lift the spirits of the recipient as well. No time for a note? Try an in-person thank you, or a phone call.
Pray or meditate: Both offer a way to focus on the many blessings in our lives. A blessing or moment of gratitude at a mealtime is a great way to involve the entire family in this positive, health-enhancing habit.
Keep the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday every day, and enjoy the health and wellness benefits that gratitude can bring. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Actifirm!
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