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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.



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.



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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About the Author

I am a work from home mom who dearly loves her 15-year-old daughter, 11-year-old boy/girl twins, and husband. I love my life and feel very blessed by what God has provided for me.


  1. I think a gratitude journal is a great idea. I definitley think it would help me express it better.

  2. Gratitude is the best attitude you can have. Gratitude promotes just about every other positive experience, in my opinion. It’s had to be sullen, angry, or have other negative attitudes when you’re grateful all the time.

  3. This was so informative I learned it is so helpful to show gratitude those benefits are so impressive. I don’t keep a journal but it really is so productive.

  4. I really loved this post. You’ve got so much great information here. I really love the whole gratitude journal idea.

  5. I actually give thanks to God every night for the blessings he bestowes upon my family. I do think saying thank you to him and others is important and crucial.

  6. Being grateful is something I try to be very mindful of. When something goes wrong that is a huge deal I try to step back and just be grateful for the things that are going well in my life.
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  7. This is a great post. I need to do a gratitude journal or jar or something!

  8. I really like the idea of a gratitude journal. You’ve really given some great ideas.

  9. I think a grateful jar would be a good idea for my family. everyone could put something they are thankful for proud of in the jar each night.
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  10. Journaling is a great idea! I’ve yet to try it but I’m sure I could benefit from it.
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  11. Reesa Lewandowski says

    Being grateful is something I really try to instill in my children. I love the journal idea!

  12. Being grateful helps your life in a lot of ways. Great read.

  13. It is really important that we are grateful for the things and people we have in life. I love the idea of starting a gratitude journal.

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