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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
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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