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giving thanks regularly can make you a happier and healthier person
November 25, 2009

ALL 4 NATURAL HEALTH Attaining Good Health Naturally

Issue 09/030


As the majority of our readers are from the United States, it is apt to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. And even for those of us who do not celebrate this occasion, there is still some food for thought.

We've always been told that having a grateful heart is good for us. And that's not just some floozy idea plucked from mid air; there are, in fact, many experts and a significant body of research which back up this assertion.

What benefits does gratitude bring, and how does this state of mind translate to a happier and healthier life?

There are a number of possible links. For one, being grateful is essentially positive thinking, which has always been associated with better physical and emotional wellbeing.

Also, someone who is grateful cannot really be feeling depressed or pessimistic at the same time, and those negative states certainly suppress one's physical and mental health. In addition, persons with an attitude of gratitude are less likely to indulge in other negative thoughts and emotions like envy, anger and resentfulness, which affect health and happiness as well.

These associations, I believe, take place right down to the biochemical level in the human body, with positive thoughts triggering the release of "good" chemicals, and, conversely, negative thinking suppressing your immune system.

Look around you. The happiest and healthiest people don't always have more, in material or tangible terms, but they are almost always the cheeriest and most optimistic.

Further, grateful people are more likely to practice healthy lifestyle habits. For example, Robert Emmons, author of Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier, said that such persons have more sleep and take part in more exercise.

Research has also suggested that persons who have a grateful attitude are more likely to reach out and help others who are in need. And it helps to build and improve social support, too, which is something directly linked to health and happiness.

By being grateful, you are focusing on things in your life which you have, which you like, and which you enjoy. Good things, basically. Those who believe in the Law of Attraction say that, by doing so, you are attracting more good things into your life. In short, more health-giving and happiness-boosting elements.

Brenda Shoshanna, the author of 365 Ways to Give Thanks: One for Every Day of the Year, summed everything up succinctly when she said that being grateful "makes a person physically, mentally, in every way healthier".

There's only one requirement, so to speak - we must practice giving thanks daily, or at least very regularly, in order to reap its benefits. It's not very different from the fact that we need exercise, optimal nutrition, sunshine, proper rest, good elimination habits, etc, on a regular basis in order to enjoy good health and vitality.

A grateful attitude can do wonders for your levels of health and happiness. Try it. You won't regret it. And it helps a great deal to write down what you are grateful for.

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Take care, and once again, have a great Thanksgiving. Remember to practice gratitude, always.

Yours in Good Health,

Specific Health Conditions and Ailments


Autism and Vaccinations - Discussing the Link
About Autism in Toddlers and Babies


Discussing HDL and LDL Cholesterol
Low Cholesterol Diet Menus - Tips on Foods to Eat and Avoid
How to Lower High Cholesterol Naturally
Useful Cholesterol Lowering Supplements

Symptoms of High Cholesterol - Common Benchmark Signs
Cholesterol Reducing Diet - Important Tips
Coffee and Cholesterol - Discussing the Link
Fish Oil and Cholesterol Reduction

What Causes High Cholesterol - Discussion
Foods High in Cholesterol
Foods Low in Cholesterol
Anti Cholesterol Herbs and Herbal Remedies
Cholesterol and Exercise - The Positive Link

What is High Cholesterol? - Discussion and Remedies
Diets to Lower Cholesterol - Useful Foods


Foods that Cause Constipation to be Aware of
Natural Treatment for Constipation - Useful Tips
Anti Constipation Herbs That Can Help You

Dealing with Constipation in Toddlers - Tips
Pregnancy and Constipation - Discussion and Tips
Natural Relief for Constipation

How to Relieve Constipation Naturally
The Best Cure for Constipation - Important Tips


Finding a Natural Cough Medicine that Works

How to Stop a Cough Naturally with Herbs


Possible Causes of Extreme Fatigue
Dealing with Diabetes Fatigue
Overcoming Menopause Fatigue

Fatigue After Eating - How to Handle This
Pregnancy Fatigue - Facts and Remedies
Dealing With Allergies and Fatigue


Understanding Foot Stress Fractures - Causes, Symptoms, Prevention, Treatment
Hip Stress Fracture - Causes, Symptoms, Prevention, Treatment


What Causes Gallstones - Discussion
Knowing About Passing Gallstones Naturally


Diet for Gout Patients - Food Tips
Gout Herbal Remedies - Natural Treatments

Possible Gout Causes
Natural Gout Remedies for Relief


Help for Insomnia and Sleeplessness
Natural Treatments for Insomnia Relief
Using Melatonin for Insomnia Relief
Yoga for Insomnia Treatment

Anti Insomnia Tips
Natural Cures for Insomnia - Sleeplessness Relief
Herbs for Insomnia Relief - Useful Herbal Remedies
Hypnosis for Insomnia Relief and Treatment

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome Relief - Anti IBS Tips
Herbs for Irritable Bowel Syndrome Relief or Treatment

Macular Degeneration

The Cause of Macular Degeneration - Discussion
Finding a Macular Degeneration Cure with Natural Remedies

Macular Degeneration Symptoms and Signs
Tips for Macular Degeneration Help

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Symptoms and Signs of PMS
Natural Premenstrual Syndrome Treatment - Basic Tips

PMS Cramps - Natural Remedies for Mild to Moderate Pain

Anti PMS Supplements - Reducing Premenstrual Syndrome Symptoms


The Shingles Virus - What is it and What Can You Do?
Are Shingles Contagious? - Discussion

Discussing the Causes of Shingles Outbreaks
Signs and Symptoms of Shingles Outbreaks
Natural Treatment for Shingles Relief - Useful Remedies

Discussing the Shingles Chicken Pox Link
Finding Natural Shingles Pain Relief


How to Cope with Stress Effectively - Important Tips
Herbs for Stress Relief - Useful Herbal Remedies

Natural Ways to Manage Stress
Stress Acne - Can Stress Cause Breakouts?


Natural Remedies for Tinnitus Relief

Food and Nutrition

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil Hair Health Benefits
The Coconut Oil Thyroid Connection - Benefits and Uses


What is Probiotics? - Discussion on Good Bacteria
A Good Probiotic Diet - Useful Foods
Using Probiotics for Children - The Benefits


Protein Smoothie Recipes - Tips and Suggestions
Weight Watchers Smoothie - Tips and Suggestions


Health Benefits of Spirulina - Nature's Superfood
Possible Spirulina Side Effects or Reactions


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