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Giving Thanks Benefits the Mind, Body, and Soul

It’s really hard to have a grateful heart during times of difficulty. However, giving thanks benefits, not only you emotionally, but also physically.

 

Giving thanks benefits your body, soul, and mind!

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Developing a spirit of gratitude is one of my personal goals this year. It doesn’t come natural, I have to be intentional until it becomes a habit. When you practice gratitude, the bad times do not feel quite so bad.

Some of the many things that are improved with gratitude is the following:

  • Mental Health
  • Self-Esteem
  • Physical Health
  • Psychological Health
  • Sleep

Mental Health

Having a heart of gratitude reduces stress, and helps to overcome trauma, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Recognizing thankfulness, even in the worst of times, fosters resilience.

 

Self-Esteem

You place more value in yourself when you are grateful. In fact, gratitude reduces social comparisons. Which, in this day and age of social media is a definite necessity. Rather than becoming resentful toward people who have more money or better jobs, grateful people are able to appreciate other people’s accomplishments.

 

Physical Health

Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier than other people. Grateful people are also more likely to take care of their health. They exercise more often and are more likely to attend regular check-ups, which is likely to contribute to further longevity.

 

Psychological Health

Gratitude helps to reduce a many of the emotions that are toxic to us, such as envy, resentment, frustration and regret. Gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.

 

Sleep

Spend just 15 minutes jotting down a few grateful sentiments before bed, and you may sleep better and longer.

Building a gratitude journal is a habit I want to form. Currently, I am working on setting a morning routine. Once I make my new morning routine a habit, I can then start an evening routine. I think if I try too much right now, I’ll set myself up for failure.

I have to add, I am taking a course right now through Crystal Paine called “4 Weeks to a More Productive Life”. It’s not really a course with a print-out, but it is an accountability group and there are weekly Live Video Coaching Sessions.

What are some things you are implementing for 2018?

 


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