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Thursday, March 5, 2015

How to Improve Your Health with Gratitude

Achieving wellness includes far more than what you eat or how active you are. It includes thoughts and habits too, such as gratitude. When you make practicing gratitude part of your healthy lifestyle, it will help you create a life filled with passion, interest, and grace.
Health Benefits of Gratitude
Strong evidence that gratitude has clear health benefits came from of a study by positive psychology expert Martin Seligman, PhD. The study randomly assigned six possible therapies, including gratitude, to participants. Those assigned gratitude paid a “gratitude visit” to someone in their life, writing and delivering a letter of appreciation. This simple gesture caused a significant rise in their happiness score, and a significant fall in depression scores. Gratitude had a clearly positive effect on participants’ quality of life.
Five Gratitude Habits
Here are five simple ways to make gratitude part of your life:
1. Keep a Gratitude Journal. 
Write down three things you are grateful for every day. Studies in which participants recorded what they were thankful for showed a long-lasting uptick in their happiness scores.
2. Express Appreciation.
Want to feel more appreciation in your life? Start by expressing more appreciation. Some might argue that the need to feel loved is our greatest emotional need we have, but I believe there is no greater emotional need than appreciation. And I’ve found that the things we really want in life are usually best obtained by giving more.
3. Pay a Gratitude Visit.
Consider creating your own gratitude visit. Pick a worthy recipient, who has touched your life in a profound way. Figure out the best way to make a special acknowledgment, and watch the magic unfold. The more special you make it for the recipient, the more special it will be for you.
4. Look for Gratitude Opportunities 
As you go about your day, be aware of chances to acknowledge those around you. Is there a chance to express your gratitude? Seize the opportunity to say “Thank you.”
5. Be Grateful Daily.
Making gratitude part of every day can significantly impact your life, your relationships, and your health. It’s simple, safe, has no side effects, and yet is still very powerful medicine.
If you practice these habits as much as possible, I promise you that you will not only uplift those around you, but also your own life.

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