Improve your health, be grateful

Improve your health, be grateful

You may feel better when you have something to be grateful about, but did you know that finding things to be grateful for can actually improve your health?  That is people who are grateful are physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially healthier.

We all like to be around people who are grateful. They are positive and enjoy life. They find the joys in the little things of life. They tend to overlook or Passover the trials of life. Their spirit always seems to be soring.

Research has shown that people who focus on what they have to be grateful for are less depressed, and stressed.  They fall asleep faster, sleep sounder and awaken more refreshed. This is even true for people with such painful conditions as post-polio syndrome and chronic Fatigue syndrome.

In a study of persons who survived a heart attack researchers at the University of Connecticut found that those who were grateful for their heart attack had fewer second heart attacks.  Those who were grateful for their heart attacks saw them as a warning to slow down and get their lives in balance.   Helping reestablish a life balance is what Life Coaches are good at.

Some would say that each of us has a gratefulness set point. That is over time our sense of gratitude does not change. Yet there are times when we feel grateful and times when we feel well, ungrateful.  Some would say that grateful children become grateful adults. However, can ungrateful kids become grateful adults, or the opposite?

The answer is yes, we can become more grateful.  Researchers have found several techniques for increasing one’s gratitude.  Here are some you might want to try.

1. Keep a gratitude journal. at some time each day list five things you are grateful for.  Things you are not grateful for will also come up. Record them as well.  Always make sure you come up with five things, even if one is, “I am grateful that I can write this.”
2. Place visual reminders of what you are grateful for.  If you are grateful for family keep their pictures where you can see them. Post it notes can also be used to write things you are grateful for. Put them where you will see them easily. Especially at times or places where you might feel less them grateful.
3. Improve your health, be grateful:

  • You may feel better when you have something to be grateful about, but did you know that finding things to be grateful for can actually improve your health? That is people who are grateful are physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially healthier.
  • We all like to be around people who are grateful. They are positive and enjoy life. They find the joys in the little things of life. They tend to overlook or Passover the trials of life. Their spirit always seems to be soring.

  • Research has shown that people who focus on what they have to be grateful for are less depressed, and stressed. They fall asleep faster, sleep sounder and awaken more refreshed. This is even true for people with such painful conditions as post-polio syndrome and chronic Fatigue syndrome.

  • In a study of persons who survived a heart attack researchers at the University of Connecticut found that those who were grateful for their heart attack had fewer second heart attacks. Those who were grateful for their heart attacks saw them as a warning to slow down and get their lives in balance. Helping reestablish a life balance is what Life Coaches are good at.

  • Some would say that each of us has a gratefulness set point. That is over time our sense of gratitude does not change. Yet there are times when we feel grateful and times when we feel well, ungrateful. Some would say that grateful children become grateful adults. However, can ungrateful kids become grateful adults, or the opposite?

 

The answer is yes, we can become more grateful. Researchers have found several techniques for increasing one’s gratitude. Here are some you might want to try.

 

  1. Keep a gratitude journal. at some time each day list five things you are grateful for. Things you are not grateful for will also come up. Record them as well. Always make sure you come up with five things, even if one is, “I am grateful that I can write this.”

  2. Place visual reminders of what you are grateful for. If you are grateful for family keep their pictures where you can see them. Post it notes can also be used to write things you are grateful for. Put them where you will see them easily. Especially at times or places where you might feel less them grateful.

  3. Write a thank you letter; the process of writing the letter and delivering it will help you focus on what you are thankful for. Getting the letter will bring joy to the other.

  4. Become religious; all major faiths promote gratitude. The press may not promote this aspect of religions but the Hebrew, Christian, Islam, Buddhist, and Hindu faiths all have gratitude as a central tenant of their faith. All look at life as a gift from God (or Gods).

  5. Have a partner in gratitude; just like exercising is more fun with a partner; find someone you can share your gratitude with. This makes you accountable to someone else and they might even be able to be the thing you are grateful for one day.

  6. Publicly declare that you will be grateful for things; you can do this on Facebook or other sites; if you post that you will post your Gratitude Journal there daily, your friends will come to look for it. Thus they will become your gratitude partners.

  7. Join groups or web communities that focus on Gratitude; Greatfulness.org is one such group.

  8. If you are always coming up with things to be ungrateful for, change yourself talk. This requires that you work with a coach or therapist. They might use a technique call Cognitive Behavior Therapy. They will teach you how to record the events that trigger negative self-talk. Together you will evaluate them.

 

 

 

If you wish help in this or other aspects of your life, ask a coach. I am available for free consultations. To set up a consultation email me at mosemandave@gmail.com to find out more about me and my coaching check outwww.injoyhealthandlifecoaching.com

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