Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Giving Thanks = Higher Quality Of Life

We all know that we should take inventory of what we have to be thankful for on a consistent basis, but must of us don't. Psychologists say that we should.

The University of Miami conducted studies which proved that practicing gratitude, acknowledging the blessings in our lives, can actually make us healthier, literally.

Among the key findings from the study is that people who focused on gratitude were just flat-out happier.

They view their lives in favorable terms; they report fewer negative physical symptoms such as headaches or colds; they were active in ways that were good for them; and they spend almost an hour and a half more per week exercising than those who focused on hassles.

Plain and simple, those who were grateful had a higher quality of life, and they:

*Feel better about their lives
*Are more optimistic
*Are more energetic
*Are more enthusiastic
*Are more joyful
*Have fewer illnesses
*Are more likely to help others

Find something to be thankful for, or find someone to thank who has contributed to the quality of your life or growth, in some way, and express your appreciation. Both of you will feel better as a result.

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