Does Gratitude Affect Our Health?

Jun 2, 2021

The Practice of Gratitude.

Do you believe that that the practice of Gratitude can affect our health?

It has taken 15 years of research to know that gratitude is a key to psychological well-being. Gratitude can make people happier, improve their relationships, and potentially even counteract depression and suicidal thoughts.

But might the benefits of gratitude go beyond that? Could gratitude be good for your physical health, too?

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There is growing evidence that being grateful may not only bring good feelings—it may also lead to better health.

“Gratitude…can be an incredibly powerful and invigorating experience,” says researcher Jeff Huffman. “There is growing evidence that being grateful may not only bring good feelings. It could lead to better health.”

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woman with sun behind grateful

Are grateful people healthier?

People of all ages and various nationalities who have more grateful dispositions report fewer health complaints than their less grateful counterparts.

In one study, more grateful participants reported fewer health problems (such as headaches, gastrointestinal problems, respiratory infections, and sleep disturbances); in another, they reported fewer physical symptoms (including headaches, dizziness, stomach aches, and runny noses).

How do you choose to express Gratitude?

Journaling is a great tool to express Gratitude.

Another Day in Paradise

I have found music and journaling as my tools to express Gratitude. I love playing drums and I pick numbers that bring within me a sense of Thankfulness and Appreciation of the blessings I have been given.

I share below one of my favourite numbers that truly reminds us how blessed we are to be spending “Another Day in Paradise”. Simply click the paradise image below to view the video.

Please do share with me in the comments section of the video on how do you express Gratitude.

References:

1. Gratitude and Psychological wellbeing. https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/gratitude/definition

2. Gratitude and Happiness. https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/video/item/gratitude_brings_happiness

3. Thankfulness and the key to Happy Valentine’s Day. https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/gratitude_is_for_lovers

4. Gratitude and Mental Health. https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_gratitude_changes_you_and_your_brain

5. Can Gratitude help you recover from Heart Attack? https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26166171/

6. Gratitude and Health. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0164027513519113

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Author of “Happy Gut, Healthy Weight” and “Create a New You Health Journal

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