Being THANKFUL makes you HAPPY & HEALTHY
Studies show that being grateful for even the smallest things in life can affect our mental as well as physiological health. Practicing gratitude by being thankful will make you happy and healthy. Part of being grateful is to realize what is most important in life. When considering gifts for your loved ones , one will find that “experiences” like going to the spa will far out weigh “things.”
- HEART HEALTH: A recent study from the UC San Diego’s School of Medicine found that their study subjects who were more grateful actually had better cardiovascular health, specifically less inflammation and healthier heart rhythms.
- BOOST IMMUNITY: Another study found that keeping a gratitude joural can boost your immune system. Researchers at the universities of Utah and Kentucky observed that students studying law who described themselves as optimistic actually had blood tests show they had more stress-fighting hormones.
- EAT HEALTHIER: Another study showed how people who regularly journal their thoughts of gratitude ate healthier. They had less dietary fat in their daily nutrition — some study subjects had as much as 25 percent lower. The study showed cortisol, a stress hormone, was 23 percent lower in grateful people.
Here’s some ways to get started on being more mindful about gratitude:
1. Start a gratitude journal. Keep a journal next to your night stand to write five instances of being grateful. You can even just use your smartphone by entering a datebook/calendar entry.
2. Gratitude Jar: Instead of just mindlessly depositing your loose change into that jar on the kitchen counter every day, do a quick reflection on anything you can be thankful for that day. Even better, keep a note pad next to that jar and have family members deposit thankful experiences they have had thad day.
With any busy person or family, sometimes we get caught up in our never-ending to-do list and loose sight of what is most important to us. Being actively mindful of those thankful moments will ultimately remind us to ‘don’t sweat the small things’.
-Antonio Dale Fernandez, Doctor of Chiropractic Frais Spa