Gratitude isn’t just for Thanksgiving, it’s also for your health
November is the time of year when we start thinking about gratitude.
But feeling gratitude shouldn’t start and stop with the holiday season. Gratitude can have a positive impact on your health, and that’s something you can take advantage of year-round.
Regular experiences of gratitude have psychological, emotional, and even physical health benefits. It can lead to greater happiness, reduced stress, improved relationships, and a more positive outlook on life.
- Improve mental health: Gratitude can help lower stress levels and elevate emotional well-being.
- Better sleep: A gratitude practice before bed may improve sleep quality by reducing stress and anxiety.
- Enhance psychological resilience: Gratitude can help cope with adversity and build resilience, making it easier to bounce back from challenging situations.
- Stronger relationships: Expressing gratitude towards others strengthens social bonds and fosters positive relationships.
- Reduce symptoms of depression: Some studies found that regularly practicing gratitude may reduce symptoms of depression and increase feelings of hopefulness.
- Lower blood pressure and better immune system function: Reducing those feelings of stress can reduce blood pressure and enhance immune system function.
- Better pain management: Gratitude exercises focus on the positive aspects of life rather than pain and discomfort.
- Healthier lifestyle choices: Grateful people may be more inclined to engage in healthy behaviors like regular exercise and a balanced diet.
Gratitude is considered an essential component of a fulfilling and meaningful life, and many people incorporate gratitude practices into their daily routines to cultivate this positive emotion.
By Dr. Bryen A. Bell, a Board-Certified Chiropractic Physician with over 20 years of professional experience. Contact Dr. Bell at True Potential Chiropractic family care facility. Call 503-574-4872 or visit tpcportland.com.