The research is clear. You can improve your physical and mental health by thinking this more frequently…
Neuroscientists tell us that because body-centric lifestyle changes (like diet and exercise) are difficult to maintain, they recommend starting with the mind. And they've identified the one thought that, when regularly focused upon, is most likely to propel your mind and body into an upward spiral.
That thought? Gratitude.
I know, i know, sounds kind of granola right..? But there's actually extensive research into the positive mental and physical effect of that specific thought and emotion, according to a fascinating article published by the Wharton Health Care Management Alumni Association. Here are a few highlights:
People who keep gratitude journals "reported fewer health complaints, more time exercising, and fewer symptoms of physical illness." (According to the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology)
"Cultivating appreciation and other positive emotions showed lower levels of stress hormones [specifically] a 23 percent reduction in cortisol and 100 percent increase in DHEA/DHEAS levels." (According to a study published by National Center for Biotechnology Information)
Regularly focusing on gratitude and thankfulness "improved quality of sleep and resulted in longer sleep hours." (According to a study conducted at the University of Manchester and published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research)
Gratitude leads to lower depression and higher levels of social support while making you less likely to practice negative self talk. (According to studies published in the Journal of Research in Personality)
The presence of gratitude in a patient "may independently predict superior cardiovascular health." Other studies show that gratitude increases physical activity and therefore the speed of recovery for heart patients while reducing their inflammatory biomarkers. (According to research conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital)
"Gratitude makes you more likely to exercise" Ain't that the truth! So what are you grateful for today? I’m grateful for my strong health and quality time with friends and family. I would love to hear from you. Send me a message and let me know what you’re grateful for today!
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"It’s been 9 weeks and my body has seen a huge change! My belly is flatter, my core feels integrated, and I can actually feel my abs when I workout. I can run without leaking/peeing! Sex feels better, and most importantly i feel stronger, more confident and happier with my body." - Amelia Travis
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