Being Thankful is Healthy
Are you thankful for the good things, big and small, in your life? We live in a busy, high paced time of to-do lists and deadlines; sometimes it’s easy to block out what we should hold precious. From the air we breathe to the friendships we hold close, there is always something to be thankful for.
Appreciate the things you have.
The greatest secret of life is to appreciate the things you have – not to compare them with others. Do not take for granted the things you have, such as life itself or the love of our family or friends.
Keep a gratitude journal.
Science research has linked gratitude to improved mental health; showing it not only makes you a warmer person, but a healthier one as well! Gratitude is linked to lower levels of anxiety and improved sleep. Gratitude journals are the opposite of work-intensive; they simply require a pen and quiet moments that you can keep anywhere. They are meant to be mentally refreshing, invigorating, and free of expectations!
Gratitude before bed.
Every night before bed, spend a few minutes thinking of all the things that you were grateful for during that day. This is especially important when you’ve had a bad day. It can be as small as a snack you enjoyed or a parking space you snagged. You will come to find that it’s worth the effort because you will be creating an attitude of gratitude, a habit that will make you feel good and enjoy your life.