Friday, November 23, 2012
Gratitude and Health
To me it seems intuitive that grateful people are happier, and happier people have a higher quality of life. But now studies are showing that gratitude can actually improve physical health as well. I love this quote from one study, in particular: "Those who practice grateful thinking 'reap emotional, physical and interpersonal benefits.' People who regularly keep a gratitude journal report fewer illness symptoms, feel better about their lives as a whole, and are more optimistic about the future. ...Gratitude is a choice, one possible response to our life experiences." Isn't that wonderful?
The study lists 5 things each of us can do to increase our level of gratitude (and, therefore, of health). Please see the above link for further explanations on each of these items:
1- Keep a daily gratitude journal.
2- Use visual reminders (for example, post-it notes that remind you of your blessings).
3- Have a gratitude partner.
4- Make a public commitment.
5- Change your self-talk.