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For Better Health - Adopt An Attitude of Gratitude

March 4, 2015

One of the wonderful things about life is you can control your attitude—the way you think and feel.  There may be times when you think you “can’t”—but don’t get caught in a self-fulfilling prophesy!  Instead, choose an attitude of gratitude.  As the Nike commercials say, “Just do it!”  Adopting an attitude of gratitude and appreciating even the smallest blessings will increase feelings of joy and positive energy that come with appreciation.  As joy and energy increase, so does your overall well-being and health. 


Another way to improve overall health is to seek out opportunities for spiritual, mental and emotional self-improvement.  But where do you start?  Consider this simple exercise—start a gratitude journal.  Everyday write down three things you are grateful for. You can appreciate the sunshine, a clean house, the birds chirping in the yard, the smile of a friend or grandchild.  The point is—find something you can be grateful for—everyday. Once you adopt this habit, your attitude of gratitude can’t help but make your world a better place.  Invite family and friends to participate in this daily practice, even if it’s just to tell you what they are most grateful for.  If you feel a bad mood coming on, switch gears immediately and seek out those people, things and events you can appreciate. 


Research done by University of California Davis positive psychology professor Robert Emmons indicates, "Grateful people take better care of themselves and engage in more protective health behaviors like regular exercise, a healthy diet, (and) regular physical examinations." He has found grateful people tend to be more optimistic, a characteristic that boosts the immune system. As a result, it is possible to enjoy improved overall health by simply being more grateful. 


Don’t be surprised if your attitude or gratitude attracts others to you—like bugs to a light bulb.  People like to be around positive people who love and appreciate themselves and everything around them.  The more time you spend appreciating, the less time you have for complaining.  The end result . . . an attitude of gratitude that will improve your ability to get through anything!


To learn more about gratitude and its positive effect on your life, read “Thank Everybody for Everything – Grow Your Life and Business with Gratitude” and incorporate “Gratitude Expressions – a Five Year Journal” into your daily routine.  For more information visit


Have a grateful day!

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