Your commitment to lifelong health and wellness means you have a compelling why behind your plan to be eat better and exercise more often. However, practicing gratitude may be the best thing you can do in order to stick to your exercise plan, eat healthier, sleep better, improve your immune system and live longer.
Scientists such as Sonja Lyubomirsky and Robert Emmons have found a direct relationship between the active expression of gratitude and health. Techniques like journaling, letter writing, keeping a gratitude jar and telling other people why you are thankful for them offer a variety of health benefits, not the least of which is that it feels good.
Here are the top, research-based reasons for practicing gratitude:
1. Gratitude brings happiness and greater satisfaction with life.
2. Gratitude reduces anxiety and depression.
3. Gratitude strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure and reduces symptoms of illness.
4. Gratitude improves the quality of sleep.
5. Gratitude makes you more resilient to the challenges of life.
The best part is you can increase your wellness right now by answering this simple question: what are you grateful for?