Fitness Facts: Gratitude is healthy

November 20, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Connie Colbert

By Connie Colbert
Director, Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic

It may sound like a cliché to talk about gratitude around Thanksgiving, but practicing gratitude is not only good for our minds and our relationships, it is good for our bodies as well.

A study by Robert Emmons, a psychology professor at the University of California, Davis, found that people who routinely practice gratitude have:

  • Stronger immune systems
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Are less bothered by aches and pains
  • Exercise more and take better care of themselves
  • Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking

The Bible also mentions thanksgiving and the practice of being thankful at least 140 times, and it is a main theme throughout God’s word. Something that is mentioned that many times should have us take notice.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”1 Thessalonians 5:18

So start today by cultivating gratitude and then make it a daily practice! Start a gratitude journal and regularly record the things you are grateful for. It will provide you with a boost to your physical, emotional and social health.

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