By now it’s no secret that practicing gratitude improves your health. The scientifically proven benefits are numerous and widely reported by Forbes, Psychology Today, Huffington Post, and the like. Being thankful can:
- Strengthen your relationships by accentuating the positive
- Improve your physical health by boosting your immune system and reducing hypertension
- Improve your psychological health by decreasing stress and granting a sense of belonging
- Enhance empathy and reduce aggression by promoting prosocial behavior
- Help you sleep better by clearing your mind of negative thoughts
Did you know thankful high schoolers have higher GPAs? At least according to a 2010 study the Journal of Happiness Studies.
Are You Thankful for You?
As we approach Thanksgiving, many of us take time to express gratitude for our families, friends, homes, and communities; but we don’t often take time to express gratitude for ourselves. When was the last time you were thankful for you?
We are often so focused on what we’re doing wrong that we forget to acknowledge what we’re doing right. Even beyond what we do, we need to be grateful for who we are. Take a moment and name three things about yourself that you’re thankful for. They might include passions, abilities, traits, or attributes.
Now answer the following:
- When were you brave (even in the smallest way)?
- What are some good choices you’ve made?
- When did you turn a failure into a lesson that propelled you forward?
Thank yourself. Acknowledge how far you’ve come. Be kind to yourself and try to recognize the good qualities other people see in you.
“Today you are you: that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is youer than you.” – Dr. Seuss
I’m thankful for you.