Can My Attitude Influence My Health?

Can Attitude Influence My Health?

Gratitude encourages us to focus on what “is” rather than what “is not.” In this manner, gratitude is closely associated with mindfulness—focusing on silver linings, counting blessings and being thankful for the simple things in life.

The holidays will look and feel different this year due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to stay safe and healthy, now more than ever. Make sure you have your flu shot, avoid large gatherings and wear a mask when spending time with those outside your household. It is in these moments of uncertainty and challenging times that gratitude is most necessary.

Studies show that those who regularly perform intentional acts of gratitude experience more positive emotions, fulfilling experiences, better sleep and are better able to deal with adversity and stress. Being mindful and expressing gratitude can also improve our overall health via higher rates of good cholesterol and lower levels of depression.

Gratitude becomes easier as you practice it over time and incorporate it into your daily routine. You can appreciate and develop better attitudes about both the positives and negatives in life. Gratitude doesn’t have to be grandiose either — it’s often the little things that create the most positive impact.

To express more gratitude in your life, try the following:

• Keep a gratitude journal
• Write down and then say out loud what you are grateful for
• Set aside a few minutes each day to say a prayer of thanks
• Send thank you cards to friends, family, neighbors or colleagues
• Complete an act of kindness for someone else
• Post kind notes on a board visible to others
• Volunteer

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