May our hearts be filled with thanks and giving.
Thanksgiving, with all the traditional foods and family and football, only comes once each year. But I remind myself: it’s not the only time of year we can be grateful.
Practicing a grateful spirit every day can actually bring a huge positive change to our lives. In psychology research, gratitude is regularly shown to be directly connected to more happiness. It helps us treasure good experience, improve our health, face conflict, and build relationships.
Studies run at the University of California and the University of Miami have shown that those writing down grateful thoughts regularly not only felt more optimistic and better about life, but exercised more and visited the doctor less. In another study at the University of Pennsylvania, those delivering thank-you notes to someone they felt had never been properly thanked for a past kindness felt an increase in happiness for about a month afterward. And studies have shown that not only do those of us in relationships where each partner expresses gratitude toward the other feel more satisfied, but each partner is more comfortable managing conflict within the relationship.
This Thanksgiving, think about ways you can express gratefulness:
- Write a thank-you note, and make a habit of it regularly, not just for gifts.
- Keep a gratitude journal each day to tangibly think about good things in your life.
- Meditate and think about what you’re grateful for
- When you feel upset, pause and think of a blessing in your life.
I know I could use a dose of being more grateful in life as the stress of the holiday season is arriving. Rather than bowing to the pressure, I’ll be trying to practice gratefulness on a daily basis!
Many of us can be grateful for good health or treatments for problems we might face. If you’ve been struggling with a health issue, come in to our practice soon and we can make sure you’re on the right track! Schedule a visit with the button below. We look forward to hearing from you!
Dr. Julie Drolet
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