Gratitude Healthy: 10 Reasons Why Being Thankful Is Good For You
Thanksgiving offers the opportunity to do something we should really be doing every day of the year: Thinking about, and expressing, what we're grateful for.
And really, there's a whole host of reasons why we should make gratitude a daily practice - research has shown that being thankful confers a whole host of health benefits, from improved immune systems, to feelings of connectedness, even higher team morale.
We gathered some of the biggest health benefits - both physical and mental - of gratitude. Tell us in the comments: What are you most grateful for this year?
Being constantly mindful of all the things you have to be thankful for can boost your well-being, research suggests. In a series of experiments detailed in a 2003 study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, daily exercise practices and listing off all the things you are thankful for are linked with a brighter outlook on life and a greater sense of positivity. "There do appear to exist benefits to regularly focusing on one's blessings," the researchers wrote in the study. "The advantages are most pronounced when compared with a focus on hassles or complaints, yet are still apparent in comparison with simply reflecting the major events in one's life, on ways in which one believes one is better off than comparison with others, or with a control group."...