Giving Thanks Has Real Health Benefits

massage seattleWhat if there were a solution to stress so simple that it onlyinvolved saying two words? There is, and you’re in luck because the turkey and pumpkin pie are right around the corner to remind us of it. Yes, that’s right – saying “thank you” can lead to feeling healthier and happier, all year long.

Giving thanks feels good, and not just in that fluffy, heartwarming way. One study found those who wrote down what they were grateful for each week exercised more, had fewer health complaints, and generally felt better about their lives. Grateful people also experience less stress, are more optimistic, and have a stronger immune system.

So, as we give thanks this week during our Thanksgiving feast, remember that gratitude shouldn’t be a one-day thing. It should be a daily habit, and one that will have a real, positive impact on your life.

Here are four easy ways to start developing a daily habit of giving thanks:

Write it down: Buy a small notebook and keep it in your purse or briefcase. Take a few minutes every day to write down one or two positive experiences, or what you’re grateful for.

Be present: If you want to thank someone, skip the email and text. Show your gratitude in-person. Verbally acknowledging someone, like a family member or coworker, can really make his or her day (and will boost your mood, too!).

Do something small: You don’t need to make a big show of your gratitude. In fact, sometimes the little, thoughtful things are the most powerful. Clean up after Thanksgiving dinner for your mom, for example.

Just say it: We’ve saved the easiest for last. Just start saying “thank you” more often. Make it a staple in your vocabulary – everyone likes to be thanked.

Now it’s our turn to practice gratitude: thank you for reading our post and for being part of the Dreamclinic community. We appreciate you and all our customers.

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