Studies show that showing gratitude is good for our health.

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Dr Mercola reports, People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope with stress, have more positive emotions, and are better able to reach their goals. 

And it makes sense. If a person receives stressful news and views it negatively, it could destroy the person.  Someone equipped with gratitude would tend to see the silver lining.

If [thankfulness] were a drug, it would be the world’s best-selling product with a health maintenance indication for every major organ system.” says Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, head of biologic psychology at Duke University Medical Center (Source)

So how can we show more gratitude in our everyday lives?

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THANKFUL MOMENTS AT MEALTIME
One thing we have incorporated into our dinner routine is “thankfuls” – what are you thankful for today?  It teaches kids at a young age to look at the day and pick out things that they are thankful about. And sometimes they don’t come up with much – “this dinner” – but it exercises the thought of being grateful.

KEEP A GRATITUDE JOURNAL
As adults, we could keep a gratitude journal. What am I grateful for today?  I love having paper journals, and there is also an app on Google Play with writing prompts that looks great! $2.99

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WRITE A THANK YOU CARD
Think of those people who have shaped your life and write them a note.

MIND YOUR MANNERS
We teach the children to say please and thank you, and we can also acknowledge small courtesies such as someone opening a door for us by doing so.  Make eye contact.

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SMALL ACTS OF KINDNESS
Show gratitude for others by doing small acts of kindness – buying a coffee for the person behind you in line. What is your favorite pay it forward act?

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Being grateful is a work in progress! Sometimes it is hard not to pick negatives out of a situation, but with practice, we can focus on the good things. This morning, I got up early with the baby full of exhaustion on our last day of vacation and took her outside for a walk – I was so frustrated!  Then I got to see the sun rising over the ocean. My phone is broken but I’ll remember that view. The silver lining 🙂

 

 

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