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Choose Gratitude for Well-Being

As you celebrate the holidays and plan to be more active in the new year, give yourself some time off. Take the time to step out of the hustle and bustle of the year-end honor. One of my many reminders with my clients is to remind them that a well-being life has many aspects and gratitude is an important element.

Dr. Robert A. Emmons, a professor of psychology at UC Berkley and a leading scientist on the gratitude of stocks who is grateful to heal, energize and transform lives. In examining gratitude, Emmons found that people who keep gratitude journals record their gratitude for low dietary fats, lower levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, and in fact reduce the effects of aging on the brain.

Other benefits that reflect the things you value are well-being, quality sleep and optimistic outlook.


People, who have received gratitude as a state of mind, are paying more attention to themselves. They engage in regular physical activity, maintain a healthy diet, and get regular physical exams. In addition studies in patients with heart failure have found that higher gratitude scores are associated with better vision, better quality sleep and less inflammation that may worsen symptoms of heart failure.

Better Sleep Health

For those who struggle with sleep, take 15 minutes to write down some things you are grateful for as they can help calm a busy mind and reduce the stressful thoughts that are often suppressed when you try to sleep. Take the new tactic in your sleep count — count your blessings, not his sheep!

Outlook Optimizer

By focusing on gratitude and the positive things in your universe, you can easily develop or change your view of one of the positive ones. Studies have found that optimistic views can help reduce stress, improve the immune system and lower blood pressure. Research has found that confidence or looking at a full glass early in life is a better predictor of health.

Embracing and practicing gratitude is not difficult; you can practice gratitude by:

  • Realize and acknowledge what others have done for you

  • Thank you for the opportunity

  • Communicate appreciation by thanking people and doing good to others

Thanksgiving is one of the easiest and most economical things. Here are some ideas to start a goal of appreciation:

  • Volunteers in your community.

  • Hands write thank you notes

  • Share healthy recipes with your walking group or exercise class.

  • Smile when you answer your phone to communicate that you love to hear from people who call.

  • Give at least one compliment daily.

In thinking about the plans and goals you want to achieve in the coming year, add a healthy sense of gratitude that will benefit every step you make on the path to well-being.

Bring back: Be grateful and thank you, as a key ingredient for health and well-being.


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