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3 Simple Ways to Express Gratitude

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The Inbox of Life is Never Empty

Work deadlines, financial tension, social obligations, meals to cook and kid’s activities to plan: if you feel like you are overwhelmed and stressed out, you are not alone. A recent study (1) in 2015 performed by the American Psychological Association found that on average, men rated their daily stress at 4.9/10 and women at 5.3/10 with “greater percentages of adults reporting extreme levels of stress than in 2014.”  In addition, stress has been linked time and time again with poor health, depression, anxiety, and having a negative impact on relationships.  Life is not slowing down anytime soon, so what can you do to fight the stress battle?

Choose Gratitude for Better Health

It turns out that gratitude might be just what the doctor ordered.  Living your life with intentional gratitude has been proven (2) to increase happiness as well as improve sleep, self-esteem, emotional health and even physical health.  Gratitude leads to feelings of joy and contentment, and one study found (3) an inverse relationship between happiness and coronary heart disease:

Researchers examined the association between “positive affect” — feelings like happiness, joy, contentment and enthusiasm — and the development of coronary heart disease over a decade.  They found that for every one-point increase in positive affect on a five-point scale, the rate of heart disease dropped by 22 percent.

3 Ways to Implement Gratitude

As we begin another year, take some time to decide how you will honor those people and things for which you are grateful.  Here are 3 simple ways to incorporate heartfelt gratitude into your new year:

Gratitude Journal

Taking 5 minutes each day and identify 3 things that you are thankful for.  Write a few sentences about why you are thankful and meditate on those things.  A gratitude journal helps you focus on the things you do have, when sometimes it’s easy to focus on what you don’t have.

Thank You card

Try writing a handwritten Thank You card to those you are truly thankful for.   You don’t need any particular reason to express your thanks – just share a story or reason why you are thankful for that person in your life.  An unexpected note to someone you cherish will brighten their day, and yours as well in return.

Around the Dinner Table

Take turns sharing your gratitude around the dinner table throughout the year.  Even a small note every once in a while to a family member or friend with a few sentences from the heart will add extra warmth to your relationship.

The doctors and staff at Total Balance Chiropractic are thankful for you, who continue to bless us and bring much joy to our lives.  We wish to you and your family a very happy New Year – one full of gratitude, joy, and togetherness!

  1. http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2015/snapshot.aspx
  2. http://www.newsweek.com/5-scientifically-proven-benefits-gratitude-398582
  3. https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/stress.aspx

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