Thanksgiving: How Giving Thanks Increases Your Health |

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26 November 2013
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Thanksgiving is this Thursday! Are you prepared to greet extended family members, cook hours upon hours a delicious feast, and enjoy a food comatose nap by the fireplace afterward? I know I am!

Yes, all the events leading up to the Thanksgiving meal can be extremely stressful, but remember stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Enjoy this time with your family and friends over the dinner table and count your blessings. After all, giving thanks increases your mental health!

The Huffington Post posted an article online back in January this year about giving thanks and the correlation it has to being healthy. Below is the 10 reasons that the article, Gratitude Healthy: 10 Reasons Why Being ThankfulIs Good For You, lists to increase your mental health (2013).

1. Teens who have a positive outlook on life (grateful) are more well-behaved and hopeful.

2. Being constantly mindful of all the things you have to be thankful for can boost your well-being.

3. Grateful high-schoolers have higher GPAs, better social integration, and satisfaction with life.

4. Gratitude can boost pro-social behaviors – helping others who have problems or lending emotional support.

5. Jotting down what you’re grateful for each night before bedtime, helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

6. Give thanks for the little things your partner does could make your relationship stronger.

7. Appreciation and positive emotions are linked with changes in heart rate variability – beneficial in treatment of hypertension.

8. Athletes are more likely to experience high life and team satisfaction when they are grateful.

9. Gratefulness is linked with optimism, which is linked with better immune health.

10. Negative events can boost gratitude, and that gratitude can help to boost feelings of belonging.

Resource: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/22/gratitude-healthy-benefits_n_2147182.html

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