Fitness Facts: Gratitude is healthy

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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Bible Verse

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. (1 John 3:1)

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