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Being Grateful For (the Sake of) Your Health

02F05609As we talked about last week, the days leading up to one of the biggest food oriented holidays is not when I’m interested in reading food tips. Personally, I know I’m going to pig out and I’d rather not feel guilty about it, so what is some good advice for the next week?


Well, when it comes to your health remembering the spirit of Thanksgiving is actually where the health benefits come in. You see, it’s pretty clear that there is a significant correlation between your happiness and your health.


From a Carnegie Mellon study:


“People who typically report more positive emotions experience lower rates of chronic illness, symptoms and pain. Moreover, among the elderly who live on their own or with family rather than in retirement homes, positive emotional dispositions are linked to living longer.”


So we definitely want to be happier, but how do we achieve that? I mean, as a nation we just went through a long and divided political season telling us that basically no matter who is elected, the world is coming to an end….it can be quite depressing.


It certainly doesn’t come from money; as science has shown the old adage “money doesn’t buy happiness,” is true. And they’ve shown it pretty exhaustively.


Oh right, we’re supposed to be talking about the spirit of this Thursday’s holiday (not so much the somewhat sordid history) more specifically, the idea of being grateful for the things we have.


That’s right, Kent State researchers have found a pretty positive link between gratitude and happiness. Students were asked to write letters of gratitude over several weeks and fill out a survey to gauge moods.


The more gratitude they expressed, the happier they felt. “[Gratitude is] associated with fewer health problems, decreased depression, an improved immune system and improved grades.”


So this Thanksgiving, remember to pig out, but also remember to be grateful for the opportunity to do so. Feel free to let us know in the comments what you’re grateful for, we’d love to hear from you.





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