The link between health and thankfulness
For thousands of years great religious leaders, philosophers and many wise men and women alike, have all talked the about the art of thankfulness and it’s the many benefits . From spiritual and emotional benefits to social benefits, as well as the physical, there is definitely something to be said for being thankful.
Many studies have shown that there is a direct link between the health of our bodies and what we are thinking, some would call it the mind body connection, and as many wise people who have gone before us have stated, your life and health is a direct reflection of your thoughts.
There is a famous saying that states, your thoughts become words, your words become actions, your actions become habits and your habits become character. So cultivating the art of thankfulness can make a great difference not only in ones’ spiritual and emotional health, but in your physical as well.
In many recent studies, it was shown that the feelings of consistent thankfulness not only improved peoples overall quality of life, but improve physical things such as… better sleep, more energy, a significantly lower risk of heart disease and lower blood pressure, and happier better quality relationships. Also, they tend to be much more hopeful and optimistic, all while reducing the negative things like stress, depression and a feeling of hopelessness, as well as a reduction in physical symptoms associated with these feelings.
Studies have also shown that people who are thankful tend to be happier, and people who are happier tend to live longer, even by as much as ten years. And I would even go so far as to say, that thankfulness is definitely one of the keys to true happiness. Because it’s not the happy the people who are thankful, it’s the thankful people who are happy!
So remember this holiday season, that it’s not about what you have, it’s about what you feel, and we all have something to feel thankful for.
Happy holidays everybody! May you all continue to cultivate the art of thankful ness this holiday season and have a happy and healthy new year!
Kristen Dimicco - Ada's Supplements Advisor