FOCUS ON WELLNESS:
Being Thankful is Good for You
Submitted by: Janet Schwab- Elements Therapeutic Massage
Take a few moments to express and experience gratitude. According to researchers from the University of California, Davis, grateful people report higher levels of positive emotions, life satisfaction, vitality and optimism and lower levels of depression and stress. The researchers also noted that young adults who participated in daily self-guided gratitude exercises reported higher levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination and energy.
Being truly thankful for what you have will have an effect on your body, mind and spirit. Here are a few quick tips to get you started.
Start by relaxing – it’s hard to cultivate a sense of gratitude when you’re frustrated or anxious.
Learn to live in the moment – if you’re dwelling on the past or focused on the future – you won’t be able to notice how fantastic life is right now. Like the old saying, “Past is history, Future is mystery and Today is a gift – that’s why it’s called the Present.”
Notice the little things – use your senses. Enjoy shapes, colors and details. Smell the roses. Eat slowly and savor your food. Appreciate the sense of touch. Listen when you think it is quiet.
Cherish the lightheartedness in life –Don’t take life too serious. Replace stress, anxiety and worry with laughter, affection and playfulness.
Separate in order to appreciate – vacation from the vicious circles life creates.
Take note of the things you’re grateful for – literally write them down!
Count your blessings not only at Thanksgiving but every day. You may just be healthier as a result.