Gratitude Is Actually Good For You

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Each holiday season, we stop everything to share one common purpose: to give thanks.

There is always so much to do… the planning, the shopping, the cooking… And this year, everything’s even more complicated because of the pandemic. If we’re not careful, we can lose the focus on gratitude and instead get bogged down.

So, with that in mind, I want to share a super-important idea about being thankful:

It’s good for you.

 

Yep, it’s true. Practicing an “attitude of gratitude” has physical, mental, and social benefits.

This year has brought with it unique challenges and everyone is experiencing these times in their own way.

And that’s partly why being deliberately grateful is so helpful. When our hearts are flowing with gratitude, there’s not much room left for fear or apprehension. Grateful people tend to be happier and healthier than their grumpier counterparts. Saying “thank you” spreads happiness one little bit at a time.

So, this year, amid all the hustle and bustle, be sure to express your gratitude on a regular basis.

  • Write a daily gratitude list.
  • Tell someone you appreciate him or her every day – a friend, family member… heck, the mailman! It doesn’t matter.
  • Journal, meditate, or engage your spirituality with thankfulness.

Here’s a bonus tip: Do this even when you don’t feel like it

I promise it will make you feel better – and that’s always something to be thankful about.

~ Juan