Have a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!
November 22, Thanksgiving Day in the USA is an annual reminder to slow down, take stock and express thanks.
Ideally, this practice would be daily, as the emotion of gratitude has been scientifically confirmed to impart some extraordinary health benefits.
While the word “gratitude” can be interpreted in a number of ways depending on context.
The definition of gratitude here is “The appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to oneself; a general state of thankfulness and/or appreciation.”
It is the thankful appreciation for what we have received and/or everything we already have, tangible or intangible. It is a recognition of all of the good in life.
Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy is an expert in brain and mind health, and he once said, “If thankfulness were a drug, it would be the world’s best-selling product with a health maintenance indication for every major organ system.”
In the fields of psychiatry and primary care are turning out to be tightly intertwined and overlapping, as studies have linked the practice of gratitude to:
- Reduced stress and emotional distress, in part by improving emotional resiliency
- Improved sleep
- Better heart health, reducing the likelihood of sudden death in patients with congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease
- Measurable beneficial effects on the mood neurotransmitters serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine, inflammatory cytokines, immune function, blood pressure, blood sugar, testosterone, oxytocin and cortisol.
- Improved self-care, such as getting exercise, eating well and getting regular health checkups, leading to fewer health complaints and doctor visits.
Aside from its biological effects, gratitude also creates benevolent effects in other areas of our lives, and has been shown to improve these following areas in our lives:
- Intimate relationships, generating a greater sense of connectedness and satisfaction as a couple
- Patience, willpower and impulse control, all of which allow you to make better decisions
- Mental health, significantly improving symptoms of depression and anxiety, increasing joy, sustained happiness, overall life satisfaction and general sense of well-being and pleasure,
- Ability to overcome the negative effects of materialism and reduce materialistic striving’s, which is a well-recognized source of unhappiness and frustration
- Improved work performance
Studies have demonstrated that gratitude exercises such as writing down what we are grateful for creates a positive feedback loop, increasing your ability to experience gratitude in the future.
In other words, your sense of gratitude is strengthened through the feeling and doing of it.
So, to all of our subscribers and readers everywhere, be grateful and have a Happy Day!