How Being Grateful Can Make You Healthier

It is not just the challenging situation that you may find yourself in that is causing you stress. Rather, we believe it has a lot to do with how you perceive and react to the situation. What if we suggested that there is a solution to stress that will not cost you anything, and has many benefits. All that is involved feeling thankful and recognizing the good things that you have.

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Simply put, gratitude is an expression of being thankful and having appreciation. Gratitude is a feeling of happiness and the acknowledgment of the positive things that come our way

Gratitude builds relationships and makes people like us.

Not only does saying “thank you” constitute as having good manners, it can help you create new friendships. When you thank a new acquaintance, they are more likely to seek an ongoing relationship with you.

Gratitude can improve your psychological health and make you happier.

Gratitude lowers our toxic emotions of being envious or and having resentment. This is because having gratitude effectively increases our state of happiness.

Gratitude can help you sleep better.

Gratitude increases our sleep quality and reduces the time it takes us to fall asleep. If we are stressed, our minds can keep us awake. Worrying about the kids, or feeling stressed from reduces our sleep quality. By thinking about all the great things we have gratitude for, and are appreciative of, before we go to bed, our minds move away from stress, to relaxation and worry is less likely to keep us awake.

Gratitude makes you more optimistic.

Being gracious gives us a healthier outlook on life. When we are grateful we tend to focus on the positives, rather than the negatives; creating optimism. When we focus on the good, we feel better about ourselves. This benefit in itself, leads to another benefit, improved emotional acceptance of ourselves.

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Disclaimer: Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss. Consult with your health care processional before beginning any diet or exercise regime.

Tammy Kacev
Nutrition Expert

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