The Importance of Gratitude (It’s Not Just For Thanksgiving!)
“Gratitude and love are always multiplied when you give freely. It is an infinite source of contentment and prosperous energy.”
– Jim Fargiano
Besides turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, the primary ingredient of Thanksgiving should be the spirit of gratitude. Through the positive psychology movement, mental health professionals are examining how traits like gratitude can benefit our health, especially year-round.
The word gratitude originates from the Latin word “gratia”, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. By encompassing these thankful traits we are scientifically more likely to effectively cope with stress, feel motivated to work out, and even eat better (though perhaps not on Thanksgiving Day).
We all know that, over time, stress can make us sick and is linked to heart disease and even some forms of cancers. On the other hand, those with a more optimistic outlook have better immune systems, so harnessing the positive power of gratitude by keeping a gratitude-specific journal or list, like one of these, where you write down exactly what you’re thankful for each day can really keep you healthy!
The head of biologic psychology, Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, at Duke University Medical Center says, “if (thankfulness) were a drug, it would be the world’s best-selling product with a health maintenance indication for every major organ system.” Skeptical? Check out the infographic below to learn how gratitude can help heal your body!
Enjoy your holidays and keep grateful thoughts in the forefront of your mind and heart – they will go a long way in supporting your whole-being: mind, body and spirit. Happy Thanksgiving.