Could Being Thankful Improve your Health?

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. 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,

Jenay Green

 

 

sources :

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201504/7-scientifically-proven-benefits-gratitude

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_gratitude_changes_you_and_your_brain

WebMD

Harvard Health

How to get crazy motivated to work out!

How to get crazy motivated to work out!How to get crazy motivated to work out

You may be thinking, nothing will get me crazy motivated to work out, but I challenge you to read this article and re-think that. Working out has a list of health benefits that are virtually endless.

First of all ,working out decreases risk of heart disease.  February being heart health month this is a great time to do your heart a favor and get moving! Exercise can help lower blood pressure as well as cholesterol. I have known people to have elevated blood pressure and retake it after a workout and it have come down.

One of the biggest complaints I hear from people today is that they have no energy. Exercise will increase your energy levels. I hear people say, I am to tired to exercise, but if you just do it, then you will start to feel better and have the energy to exercise!

Cancer is something we all want to take preventative measures for. Exercise can reduce the risk of certain cancers as well as type 2 diabetes. Alzheimer’s Research Center says exercise is one of the best weapons against the Alzheimer’s.

According to Harvard Medical school psychiatrist, John Ratey, exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of memory, mood, and learning. Exercise helps prevent Osteoporosis, reduces the risk of falling, and improves cognitive function among older adults.

A University of California study showed fewer signs of ageing in a group of women who performed 45 minutes of exercise over a 3 day period in compared with those who were inactive. If you were not already convinced for all who want to find ways to defy your age, exercise may be your answer!

Exercise also reduces the detrimental effects of stress on the body. It can help reduce symptoms of depression, in some cases as well as anti-depressants. It can also help relieve anxiety and its symptoms.

For all you married couples, that are looking for a spark in your love life, exercise can improve your sex life! This may be just the answer to get your spouses crazy motivated to exercise!

Exercise improves your moods by releasing  feel good chemicals in the brain. After a good workout you also feel a sense of accomplishment which can spill over into other areas of your life. Discipline in one area of life can result in motivation to get more accomplished in other areas of life as well.

Exercise improves your chances to live longer, and can greatly improve your quality of life. Maybe the most obvious and sometimes the biggest motivation for exercise is weight loss. Exercises raises metabolism, improves muscle tone, and sheds unwanted fat.

Consistency and hard work lead to results! I saved the best reason to exercise for last.The inspiration it can give others!

Getting fit can equip us to be better for those around us. We can be better servants for God, better spouses, parents, employees,etc…. Bottom line focus more on all reasons you need to work out and eliminate your excuses!

I hope you are crazy motivated to exercise, and you pay it forward by sharing this article with everyone you know.

To your health,

Jenay Green

 

Sources; Mayo clinic, Harvard T.H. Chan, U.S. News Health, Web M.D