Gratitude can improve your health.

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Practicing gratitude doesn’t just help our own health; it may make us more likely to help others. In a small new study, journaling about gratitude was shown to increase feelings of altruism. More research is needed to understand how this might translate in real-world scenarios, but it suggests that practicing gratitude may make us not just more relaxed and healthy (it’s been linked to better sleep, less depression, even better heart health), but more generous. To practice gratitude, simply write down a few things you’re grateful for every day. And remember to think about them throughout the day!

Sources: The Cultivation of Pure Altruism via Gratitude: A Functional MRI Study of Change with Gratitude Practice 

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie
 

Posted on April 6, 2018 and filed under wellness.