When you think of a healthy lifestyle, things like eating right, exercising daily and getting enough sleep probably come to mind. And they should. All of these are essential components of a healthy lifestyle. But one other component should really be at the top of the list: being grateful.
Did you know that research over the past several years has shown that an attitude of gratitude is good for you? Being grateful has numerous benefits. These include reducing stress, building self esteem and improving overall well-being. Dan Buettner, a best-selling author and explorer who studies longevity, asserts, ”Gratitude always comes into play; research shows that people are happier if they are grateful for the positive things in their lives, rather than worrying about what might be missing.”
As we enter the holiday season, it is the perfect time to consider, first, what we have to be thankful for and, second, ways to express that gratitude. Being grateful isn’t always easy. Everyone goes through hard times at some point in life, and during those times, it may take some effort to shift your focus away from those struggles. It is a choice, and you have to be willing to exert the effort to find the good.
While you can’t instantly change your circumstances, you can change your attitude. Start your day by thinking of at least one thing to be thankful for. Say thank you to the people in your life. Find some quiet time to meditate, relax and focus your mind on something positive.