Gratitude is one of the most rigorously studied emotions in our human repertoire, and multiple peer-reviewed academic studies have found it to have surprising benefits.
Expressing our appreciation for all that we have (and all that we've been spared from) is a powerful remedy for psychological ailments like the vague, free-floating sense of discontentment we sometimes experience. Researchers have found that cultivating this skill by focusing daily on what we're grateful for is one of the most reliable methods for increasing positive feelings.
What's more, developing an attitude of gratitude can have physiological upsides, including lowering blood pressure, strengthening the immune system, and minimizing everyday aches and pains. Focusing on your blessings has even been shown to help people sleep more soundly and awake feeling more rested.
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I suspect many of you will be thinking of, maybe even articulating, some of the things you're grateful for in the days to come. Which raises the question, why limit these expressions of appreciation to just this one holiday when they can make such a difference in our everyday lives?
Stay Active, Keep Moving and
Express Gratitude This Week
(And Maybe Every Week)