How Living A Thankful Lifestyle Can Benefit Your Health
Well, first I’d like to thank you for stopping by to read this post (wink!) Isn’t it great that something as simple as being grateful can improve your overall life? From your mood to your general health, being thankful is one of the best things you can do for yourself and I’ll explain how right here, right now!
What is ‘Being Thankful?’
Being thankful is to dive deep into happiness, to feel special and notice all the wonderful things you have in your life. To accept that life has challenges, it has hard- unwanted times, but that you can acknowledge this and look at those hard times as a learning opportunity and a test of strength… It is to fully recognize and be appreciative of the good times in between the difficult. It’s being aware of life and seeing all things beautiful as life is beautiful in itself. I find it comforting to know that being ‘THANKFUL’ is beneficial to us in many ways because it is so simple to do, even if you don’t have much. And for those who have little to none, you can at least be thankful for another day here on earth.
The Benefits Of Living A Thankful Life
- You’ll be a happier person, and who doesn’t want to be happy?! I know, this is a given… you’re probably thinking ‘I already knew that Eloise… common sense!’ Well, Mr/Ms smarty pants, some people do not have common sense! And here’s something you might not have known…There was an actual study on this, by Robert Emmons, a professor of psychology at the University of California. He conducted a study which had individuals write down one thing they were grateful for everyday for up to six months. Within the six months each subject who did this reported being 25% happier than before they began this experiment. Another study took place in the University of Pennsylvania. They had subjects write letters of gratitude to people who had done them a major service but had never been fully thanked. After the subjects personally presented the letters to those individuals they reported a decrease in depressive symptoms for as long as a full month. Time Magazine. (so get out that piece of paper and write a thank you letter to those who made a positive impact in your life!) I actually do this on a regular basis, I feel it’s important to show appreciation to others!
- It’s an energy booster! In the Emmons’ gratitude-journal study, he had one group write in a journal about all the things they were thankful for, another group just kept a general diary of their days without writing things they were thankful for…The subjects who wrote a list of things they were thankful for reported an increasing sense of vitality. The general diary subjects reported no increase in energy. It has to do with the improvements in physical health associated by living a thankful life, giving thanks improves your body functions which improves ones energy levels.
- Makes your body healthier! living happy with abundant thankful feelings improves your kidney function, strengthens your heart, reduces your blood pressure, and reduces stress-hormones(that’s amazing people!) Experts believe the link of living grateful and health improvements are that people who live thankful lives tend to take better care of themselves… they avoid excess drinking and avoid smoking and drugs, they also exercise 33% more than others and sleep an extra 30 minutes a night (on average!)
- Builds a more resilient YOU! Emmons says it perfectly… When people notice kindness/thankfulness it triggers their brains to seek more positivity in ANY situation, even the most traumatic situations. People who practice the thankful lifestyle are able to bounce back from loss or the most dire situations life throws at them. “A grateful stance toward life is relatively immune to both fortune and misfortune, we see blessings, not just curses.” says Emmons.
- Improves relationships! Christine Carter, a sociologist at the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkley states that gratitude can rewire our brains to appreciate the things in our relationship that are going well. It can also calm down the nervous system and counter the fight or flight stress response Time Magazine. Carter quote-on-quote says “you can’t be grateful and resentful at the same time.” (very true!) It’s no surprise that couples who appreciate each other are happier and tend to stay together longer. Appreciation is contagious, the more likely you appreciate your partner the more likely they will return the favor… Soooo, please, don’t be afraid to SHOW appreciation to those around you! (all relationship types!)
- Being Thankful makes you a nicer person! Showing kindness is well… NICE! showing you’re thankful for a certain thing someone does or says is nice. Writing a thank you card, making a thank you call or text, returning a kind act are all nice ways to show anyone you appreciate them, it shows you care and it has an amazing effect on everyone involved. It triggers a biological response, a surge of the feel-good chemical ‘dopamine’ is activated. And people can’t help but to pay it forward, being nice creates more nice acts in return, and that is a great way to live.
- It gives you a better outlook for the future! Thankful people have faith that everything will be okay now and in the future. They have a healthy approach to life and welcome the future with open arms.
Well I hope you all practice living a ‘thankful life’ if you don’t already! It’s important we all do because it makes for a better world. Creates a team among the people, creates best friends, gives us all a better nights sleep, more smiles, more positivity. Shift your thought process to see beauty in all things and people. I wish you all a ‘thankful- happy life’… Fully immerse yourself in kindness and gratitude!
Wake up everyday grateful for another day, go to bed every night thankful to have lived a day longer, as I do… A near death experience will do that to you! just don’t wait for something such as a loss or near death experience to happen to you to fully appreciate life.
you can check out my NDE story by clicking here!
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