What does being thankful and grateful have to do with your health?
The answer to that is… More than you may realize.
If we are unhappy, angry, frustrated, or just stressed, our bodies can suffer. It takes on the form of high blood pressure, headaches, anxiety, and poor circulation, not to mention there’s an increase in cortisol (you can read more about cortisol by following the link). Trying to reach your fitness goals is going to be that much more of a challenge. Challenges have their place but learning to express your gratitude can be your first step to overcoming them.
“Trade your expectations for appreciation and your whole world changes in an instant.” – Tony Robbins
Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what you have. It opens your heart because gratitude comes from the heart. Studies have shown if we can deliberately encourage gratitude then we can shift our energy when we are stressed or worried which increases our overall happiness. In addition, grateful thinking—and especially the expression of it to others—is associated with increased levels of energy, optimism, and empathy.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity… It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
— Melody Beattie
I am grateful for my health for I remember what it’s like to be too sore to move; my family, I have three wonderful boys but unfortunately one is in Alberta and won’t be able to join us this weekend; my friends, old friends and I have met some wonderful new ones this year. Some are close, some, we only speak online, and there’s a whole host of people I’ve met in the past years. They have made me who I am today.
I would love to hear what are you grateful for?