How Gratitude Can Improve Your Health
What I love even more than pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving is being surrounded by family and friends and giving thanks for everyone and everything we have in our lives.
The practice of gratitude is one of the strongest relationships we can have with our health and well being. For the past few years, every evening before I go to sleep I write in my gratitude journal everything that I’m grateful for… my hubby, our home, piper (my adorable dog!), me, healthy food, the sun, etc.
This nightly gratitude practice has helped me fall asleep faster, wake up less often during the night and even better I no longer have dreams about work!
Many studies have shown the powerful effects that gratitude has on our health. By focusing on the good in your life, you can reduce stress, which in turn helps to relax your body, which then improves digestion, reduces PMS and keeps your hormones balanced.
It’s a cascade effect, and I have noticed in my life the more I am in a grateful place it helps me stay connected to having an even more loving relationship with my body.
Being grateful might not always come easy to you. I know that when I’m having one of those days when everything doesn’t seem to go the way I want… I have a harder time finding something to be grateful for. That is why my gratitude practice has become a daily priority for me because I know how much calmer, focused and joyful I am. I have also loved watching my clients health improve once they incorporate a daily gratitude practice into their life.
So this year, after we have spent the day giving thanks with our family, I encourage you to start your own gratitude journal. Find a time of day that works the best for you, first thing in the morning or before you go to sleep, and write what you are grateful for – see how this practice starts to improve your mood, sleep and stress levels!
As I sit here thinking this morning about what I am grateful for, I wanted you to know how thankful I am of your support over the years. I wouldn’t be here without you, so as a thank you please enjoy this gift from me a Healthy Holiday Survival Guide to help support you this season. Be sure to share the love with your family, friends and co-workers by passing along this email.
Wishing you and your loved ones a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!