Being Thankful Is Good for You
This year, before you dive into the turkey and stuffing at
Thanksgiving, 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.
What's more, people who kept journals about gratitude on a
weekly basis exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical
symptoms and felt better about their lives as a whole than people
who recorded negative or neutral life events. The researchers also
noted that young adults who participated in daily self-guided
gratitude exercises reported higher levels of alertness,
enthusiasm, determination and energy.
So take the time to count your blessings at Thanksgiving-and
every day. You may just be healthier as a result.