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Thanksgiving is Good for the Soul

Category(ies): Health and Wellness

Gratitude changes everythingPut the thanks back into your Thanksgiving celebration

Has your Thanksgiving dinner started earlier and earlier each year, so you can start shopping sooner? Do you sit down with friends and family without ever discussing why you are thankful? Make this the year you slow down and truly give thanks. Not just on Thanksgiving but every day. Your health may benefit from it.

Being grateful doesn’t cost time or money, and it can have a big impact on your health and well-being. While religions and philosophers have long known the importance of being grateful, scientists are now quantifying the benefits.

Benefits of gratitude

How you can be more grateful

The good news is that we can all train ourselves to be more thankful. Below are some tips on how you can practice being more grateful and reap the health benefits.

  • Keep a gratitude journal. Those that keep gratitude journals on a weekly basis showed less pain, felt better about their lives, and were more optimistic about the coming week, according to Emmons’ research.
  • Write a gratitude list. If you want to have more success in reaching your personal goals, make a list of all the things for which you are grateful. Emmons found those he studied who made these lists made more progress in academic, interpersonal, and health goals.
  • Practice grateful thinking. Children who practice thinking about what they have to give thanks for had more positive attitudes toward school and their families.
  • Say thanks. Remember to thank your significant other, family members, and friends. Everyone appreciates when someone gives them thanks for things they do whether it’s cooking a meal or running an errand for them, or even listening when they need someone.
  • Perform random acts of kindness. You can feel happier if you do things to make others happier.

For many, Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season and increased stress. Make an early New Year’s resolution for yourself to start being grateful and see if you find more enjoyment in your life. Check out this website if you’d like to hear about more gratitude exercises you can incorporate into your life.


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