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