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The Mood-Boosting Effects of Thankfulness

While it’s common to go around the table on Thanksgiving, sharing with family and friends what you’re thankful for, it’s a good idea to express gratitude every day. In our materialistic society, it’s sometimes easy to compare ourselves to others. Maybe we’d like a newer car or a bigger house or the ability to take that European vacation. By being thankful, however, for what you do have, you’ll likely be in a better mood.

Remind Yourself Daily

After you wake up, or at some point in your day, remind yourself all that you have to be grateful about. You also may want to start a gratitude journal. Each week write down one or more things that you are thankful for, whether it’s family and friends, employment or health. That way, if you are tempted to wish you had more, you can refer to your gratitude list.

Just think that the more thankful you are for what you have, the higher attraction you will have to bring even better things into your life.

Adopt an Outward Mindset

It’s also a good idea to focus on what you have. Look to see how you can help others who may be less fortunate. Consider volunteering at your local homeless shelter or helping your elderly neighbors by raking their leaves. Taking our minds off ourselves and looking to meet the needs of others is a fantastic mood booster.

Experience Improved Well-Being

Did you know that when you’re in a state of gratitude or love, you’re in the healthiest state? Here are some of the benefits of expressing thanksgiving:

  • Improved physical health
  • Better psychological health
  • Enhanced empathy
  • Reduced aggression
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Decreased stress
  • Increased resilience

Visiting us on a regularly can keep your nervous system healthy so you can feel fantastic.

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