The Effect of Gratitude on the Body

By Healthy News
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Dec 23rd, 2013

GAIAM LifeChris Frevtag has recently written about how gratitude can transform the body. In her article she cited an exercise that can help individuals every single day.

This article was published on the Gaiam blog:

Thinking about Thanksgiving prompted me to write this blog. I saved it to my computer, planning to post it online as soon as I got a chance. Then coincidentally I heard a radio interview with psychologist Robert Emmons, author of a book called Thanks. Emmons has spent years studying positive psychology, and in the interview he pointed out that gratitude is more than a tool for self-improvement. “Gratitude is a way of life,” he said, noting how being grateful can improve your health physically as well as mentally.

After listening attentively to the interview, I felt validated in this advice I’d written:

Celebrating our thankfulness once a year as a nation is great, but I believe that being thankful is a habit we should all incorporate into our daily lives. Having gratitude — and focusing on our gratitude — can be a life-altering, healthy practice!

We tend to take care of those things we really appreciate and respect the most, and that should include our bodies. In our society, we are often trained to focus on the things that are wrong with our bodies, or that don’t live up to a fictitious ideal. But what about what is right with our bodies, what our bodies can accomplish, and what works with our bodies? If you can train your mind to focus on the positive things about your body, your whole attitude, and ultimately your journey towards a healthy and fit lifestyle, can transform.

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