Improve Your Health With Gratitude

November is National Gratitude Month. It coincides with Thanksgiving here in the US so there are loads of reminders. Naturally, I’m a fan. I shared that journaling what I’m grateful for helps me to be grounded and present in the moment, helping me release stress and anxiety.

When we’re busy it’s easy to think about what’s coming, what needs to be done, and other commitments and responsibilities. It may feel counter-intuitive, but mindfulness can help us feel more spacious and at ease when things are spiraling out of control.

There’s also a feel-good moment which is wonderful when we give thanks. Did you also know that there are scientifically proven benefits as well to expressing and feeling gratitude? That’s right. You can improve your well-being by giving thanks.

Improving your health and expressing gratitude is a win/win for all of us.

Here are a few factors we know are impacted when you practice gratitude.

·      Expressing thanks can help you establish new relationships. A 2014 study revealed that thanking a new acquaintance increases the likelihood that they will be interested in connecting with you. Simple things like thanking a stranger who held the elevator or writing a thank you note to a colleague who supported you in a meeting matter. A simple thanks can lead to new connections.
·      Did you know that grateful people have fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier? They also tend to take better care of themselves with more frequent check-ups and are more likely to exercise. Expressing gratitude (in any form) can lead to better health!
·      Gratitude improves your psychological health. It’s one of the best ways to remove toxic emotions like anger, frustration, and regret. Research has shown that having a grateful heart can increase happiness and reduce depression.
·      Taking time before bed to express gratitude will lead to better sleep. Just 15 minutes can help you sleep more soundly and longer. We know that getting a good night’s sleep has health benefits, so this can have a well-being ripple effect!
·      Gratitude increases mental toughness. Studies have shown that people with higher levels of gratitude display more resilience and it can even help overcome trauma or lessen the effects of PTSD. People who were involved in the September 11 attacks who practiced gratitude demonstrated more resilience.

As we begin this Thanksgiving week, please know that I’m grateful for you.

With gratitude and thanks,

Carolyn


Studies Referenced:

https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science/thanks-gratitude-can-win-you-new-friends

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/08/10/gratitude-health-benefits.aspx

https://emmons.faculty.ucdavis.edu/gratitude-and-well-being/

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1758-0854.2011.01049.x

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/jclp.20593


Carolyn S. Barnes, CHC, LMT

Carolyn is an integrative health coach, speaker, Reiki Master and the author of Return to Ease: Gently Reconnect with Your Body’s Natural Mobility and Joy.

She writes and speaks from a personal place–her own journey of healing from various health issues (including Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and obesity) and opening to her inner wisdom. Her mission at Return to Ease is to help women who want to experience natural weight management and reconnect with their personal power and true essence. This integrative process of reconnection allows her clients to align their hearts, minds, and bodies while creating a more sacred life filled with health, ease, and joy.

Carolyn received her coaching training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she learned about more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. She specializes in helping women who struggle with emotional/stress eating lose weight, gain control,  and experience ease with food and their lives. As a result, her clients experience a newfound appreciation of their bodies, no longer obsess over food, and witness an amazing transformation of more ease and joy in their lives.

To learn more about Carolyn, apply to be a coaching client, order a copy of her book, or book Reiki session, please visit her website.


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