The effects that stress can have on our bodies has been well documented.  Stress can wreak havoc on our weight and cause weight gain or weight loss (read about the effects of stress on your weight here).  While eliminating stress can be easier said than done in many cases, practicing gratitude can be a really helpful approach to handling stress and creating happiness in your life.

Research has shown that gratefulness can help people:

  • take better care of themselves physically
  • take better care of themselves mentally
  • eat a healthier diet
  • get regular exercise
  • cope better with stress and daily challenges
  • feel happier and more optimistic
  • have stronger immune systems
  • increase mental alertness
  • have a brighter view of the future
  • lower blood pressure
  • suffer less depression, resentment, and anxiety
  • sleep longer and more soundly
  • have better relationships
  • improves self esteem

We all have challenges in life – that’s just a part of life.  At the same time, we all have things that we can be grateful for.  I challenge you today to find a few things in your life that you are grateful for.  It may take a little effort but you can do it!  Do you have your health?  Your family?  Food on your table?  A place to live?

With all of these amazing benefits, it’s easy to see why feeling and expressing gratitude is such a good idea.  For some people, gratitude comes easily.  For others, it make take a little more effort.  The effort is well worth it though!  If you find it a little more challenging, stay tuned – next week we’ll talk about simple ways to practice gratitude every day.

Do you make gratitude a regular part of your life?  How do you show gratitude in your life?  I’d love to hear what you’re grateful for!

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