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Want to be well? Practice practice practice gratitude.

Gratitude is the expression of being thankful.
Who are you thankful for and how can you show it?

Gratitude is an attitude of appreciation.
What do you appreciate and how can you show that appreciation this holiday season?

Gratitude is allowing yourself to feel awe.
Who are you in awe of and how do you show your inspiration?

Practicing gratitude can:

  • lower stress levels
  • improve sleep
  • strengthen relationships
  • increase emotional resilience

A 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences found that people who regularly expressed gratitude reported feeling healthier than their counterparts; a correlation that was mediated by psychological health and an attitude to seek help for health concerns.

In a 2013 study, Dr. Robert Emmons, a leading authority on gratitude, noted that: “Gratitude is a key, underappreciated quality in the clinical practice of psychology, its relevance deriving from its strong, unique, and causal relationship with well-being, as well as its dynamic healing influence on the therapist-patient relationship.”

Acts of kindness (public expressions of gratitude) can be linked to an increase in life satisfaction, according to a study published in The Journal of Social Psychology.

Researchers who looked at the role of gratitude in asymptomatic heart failure patients found that “patients expressing more gratitude also had lower levels of inflammatory biomarkers,” as well as better sleep and mood, and less fatigue.


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