Physical, psychological and social benefits for being grateful
Saying thank you is something we do everyday without even thinking about it. That’s why I like Thanksgiving so much. It’s my time to reflect on the things I am most thankful for, like my amazing friends and family, my Denver-area real estate clients, my independence.
One thing about giving thanks that you may not know is that it’s also really good for you. A study from the University of California at Berkeley reveals that keeping a gratitude journal for as little as three weeks report benefits, including:
- A stronger immune systems
- Being less bothered by aches and pains
- Lower blood pressure
- Exercising more and taking better care of their health
- Sleeping longer and feeling more refreshed upon waking
- Higher levels of positive emotions
- More alert, alive and awake
- More joy and pleasure
- More optimism and happiness
- More helpful, generous and compassionate
- More forgiving
- More outgoing
- Feel less lonely and isolated
It takes time and energy to be intentionally grateful. But I challenge each of you to be living a life of gratitude today.
Be thankful today. And enjoy your time with your friends and family.
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