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Study: Grateful People are the Healthiest

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It’s only been two weeks since we celebrated Thanksgiving, but some people have already forgotten all of the things they were ‘thankful’ for just 14 days ago.  That’s a problem.

If we don’t take the time to be grateful for what we have in life, we run the risk of being unhappy. It’s actually a rather tricky domino effect.

According to research from the University of Illinois:

Gratitude was significantly related to physical health, even when controlling for age and other personality traits.

 

Psychological health has an effect on the physical health, and you’re more likely to stick to your health goals when you’re feeling positive, and to remain positive it helps to be appreciative.

There is a bit of what I call a ‘reverse domino effect’ though.  Appreciative, grateful, thankful – whatever you call it, the more you include it in your life, the better your life will be.  And you’ll have more to be appreciative, grateful, and thankful for.  Think about it.

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