Health benefits of Gratitude – not only to Thanksgiving

Written on Monday, November 24th, 2008 at 9:12 pm by Christiane

Though most of us live better than our parents and grandparents, we often forget to appreciate the abundance we enjoy.

That’s a pity because learning to be grateful for even small joys could improve many areas in our life. As it turns out, people who are grateful – not only to Thanksgiving, rather on a daily basis- sleep better, feel less stress and depression, have more energy, feel more alert, alive and positive. People with high blood pressure could even lower their blood pressure.

Grateful people focus more on the positive things in life and are less focused on pain and problems.

A few strategies help learning to become more aware of one’s own blessings:

  1. Start a gratitude journal and list daily or weekly the positive things that happened; whether you met an old friend, you cooked a delicious meal or the bus was on time……There is something to be grateful for on even the worst days.
  2.  For the coming holidays: List all the people in your life who you take for granted. Then picture your life without these people. How would it be? What would you be missing? In your holiday cards to these people thank them for being in your life and for the difference they are making.
  3. Make a sign for your fridge or bathroom mirror: This week, I’m grateful for…..

I’m grateful for being healthy. I’m now cancer free for 10 years. In addition, I’m thankful for my family.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Christiane is a professional Life & Career Coach ( In addition, she teaches Psychology at a Community College near Boston.

One Response to “Health benefits of Gratitude – not only to Thanksgiving”

  1. Danny says:

    This year I saw you 4 times:1. February, London, LATTN Pilot.2. July (was it?), Bristol, DVD Record.3. November, London, LATTN Episode 4.4. November, Northampton, Return Stops tour.I’m sure I’m missing one more, but it eacpses me. Who can beat my record?#watsonstalkercount2011

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