The Key to Health and Happiness is Gratitude
There is an ever-growing body of research that confirms that gratitude has a number of very potent health benefits.
Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, an expert in brain and mind health notes, “If [thankfulness] were a drug, it would be the world’s best-selling product with a health maintenance indication for every major organ system.”
Gratitude actually alters our brain in a number of beneficial ways, and helps, here is what it can do:
- Improve physical health by having a general pain-lowering effect, lowering inflammation and blood sugar, improving immune function, blood pressure and heart health and encouraging general self-care
- Increase happiness and life satisfaction by lowering stress and emotional distress
- Improve emotional resiliency, which also helps combat stress and anxiety
- Improve mental health by triggering the release of antidepressant and mood-regulating chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and oxytocin, while inhibiting the stress hormone cortisol
- Improve sleep,which can have far-reaching benefits for physical and mental health
Research has also demonstrated that gratitude is the single best predictor of good relationships. And long before modern scientists confirmed these benefits, the philosophers of old espoused gratitude as the way to sanity, good health and life satisfaction.
I have learned that gratitude involves affirming the good and recognizing its sources. It is the understanding that life owes me nothing and all the good I have is a gift, accompanied by an awareness that nothing can be taken for granted.
Gratitude is a form of Generosity: Generosity does not necessarily have to involve money, because it involves offering or extending “something” to another person even if it’s only a verbal affirmation of thanks.
After all, it is not yourself you are grateful for but rather something or someone outside of yourself.
Be, grateful every day.
Even if you may not feel gratitude right now, understand that it can be cultivated and strengthened with practice.
A Key way to harness the positive power of gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal where you write down what you’re grateful for each day.
Gratitude enables use to feel good and do good.
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively