Could being thankful actually improve your health? The bible tells us in Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine; but a broken spirit dries the bones.” The bible has many passages that tell us to be thankful, but maybe you didn’t realize it is for your benefit to follow these instructions? Take a look at this article for some more in depth information on the subject.
Science is now able to study and show the benefits of being thankful. I can attest that when you verbalize how much you appreciate someone that it not only helps you but them as well! This is a simple way to have a positive affect on another.
It hasn’t been until recently that science has been able to observe the neurological, physical and emotional benefits of gratitude.
Thankful people experience fewer aches and pains according to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences.1
According to Psychology Today, studies have shown that thankfulness may not only reduce stress but assist in overcoming trauma. Being thankful is a simple act, that can have far reaching effects on our health. Writing down things you’re thankful for is a great place to start. Also be intentional about thanking people in your life verbally or by sending cards.
Many studies have found that people who are conscious of counting their blessing are happier and less depressed. 2 With so much negativity surrounding us it is vital that you make it a point to verbalize all the reasons to be thankful. Being thankful improves relationships and can help you relish experiences according to Harvard Health.
Grateful people tend to be more optimistic, a characteristic that researchers say boosts the immune system. “There are some very interesting studies linking optimism to better immune function,” says Lisa Aspinwall, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of Utah.
I would like to challenge you today to be intentional about giving thanks and enjoy this day. Take a walk, get a good belly laugh, send a thank you note, hug your family, smile on purpose, and make a list of all you have to be thankful for today. If you have input or suggestions on ways that giving thanks has personally helped you please comment below. Get in the conversation and be thankful.
To Your Health,
7 thoughts on “Could Being Thankful Improve your Health?”
I am grateful for all the people who He brings into my life to encourage me when I feel discouraged. This was spot on. Such a good post for all of us anytime of year but particularly at this season in which we focus on giving thanks for all our blessings. Godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Tim. 6:6. ). Being thankful brings us contentment.
Thank you, Mary Ann. So true and I love the scripture you shared.
This is a wonderful article! And so true. Gratitude really makes you stop and think about life in a deeper fashion. It changes your attitude and the way you feel about life when you remind yourself what you DO have. Love the positivity and the informative depth in Jenay’s blogs! So very helpful!
Thank you for the helpful input and kind words.
Wow! What an an incredible article! Thank you for reminding me that there is always something to be thankful for! Even the hard is a gift to be grateful for as it conforms us more into the image of Christ! I never considered how being thankful is not just benefitting my mind and my spirit but MY BODY as well! I love how our creator uses something as simple as laughter and thankfulness to restore our bodies and our souls! Very well said Jenay! Thank you so much for these profound words of hope and inspiration.
Your welcome and thank you for your valued input.
I agree 100%. I am blessed to have many wonderful things going on in my life…in a time where most people are losing or have lost everything. I started putting things into perspective and being grateful for what I have in front of me. It’s helped tremendously with my stress, anxiety, and mental health.