People who are truly grateful, as a lifelong trait and not just part of a 30 day November Thanksgiving challenge, take better care of themselves and take part in health promoting activities such as exercise, healthy eating, and preventive medical care. In fact one study at the University of CT found that people who, after having a heart attack, became grateful (for learning to enjoy life) had a lower risk for a second heart attack.
Gratitude helps to reduce stress. Lower stress levels reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease and cancer.
Grateful people tend to be more optimistic, and optimism can not only reduce stress but boost the immune system. Helping grateful people stay healthier.
Grateful people sleep better due to fewer negative thoughts as they try to fall asleep.
Become more Grateful
- Keep a Gratitude Journal
- Count your blessings often.
- Meditate and focus on feelings of gratitude.