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An Attitude of Gratitude: It's Good for Your Health!

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Those of you who train with us know we are all about moderation and living a healthy lifestyle – which includes enjoying your favorite things every now and then and not having to feel guilty about it.   Speaking of those favorite things, taking the time to recognize them can have a big impact on your life and health!

As much as some of us (myself included) would like to be able to control every aspect of our lives, believe it or not…we can’t!  What we can control, however, is our attitude and our actions. We all experience “trying” times in our lives, and the Holidays tend to bring stress and emotions out more than ever.   How we handle these situations impacts us on many levels, including our physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Statistics say that up to 40% of our happiness comes from how we choose to approach our lives!  It’s human nature to tend to focus on our problems and find that the glass is half empty all the time.   We then get into the habit of focusing our attention on the negative, which can quickly turn into a downward spiral.

Here's a challenge:  what would happen instead if we switched that focus to all of the good things that happen to us each and every day?  If we always looked at that glass as half-full instead?  What if we took time daily to reflect on things we are grateful for in our lives?

Studies show that gratitude is the forgotten factor in happiness research.  People who have a strong disposition toward gratitude have the capacity to be empathetic and are more able to take the perspective of others.  They are also rated as more generous and more helpful.  Grateful individuals place less importance on material goods, are less likely to judge their own and others’ success in terms of possessions accumulated, and are less envious of others.  Grateful individuals also:

*Report higher levels of positive emotions

*Have greater life satisfaction

*Experience greater vitality

*Are more optimistic

*Are healthier

*Build strong relationships

*Handle adversity better

*Experience lower levels of depression and stress

Promoting gratitude doesn’t have to be something you make a big deal about, it can be as simple as mentally thanking someone, writing a thank you note, meditating, or just counting your blessings.  Research shows that keeping a journal helps you begin to look at people and things differently, seeking out the positive in each situation or interaction.  Journal keepers tend to appreciate those “little things” and don’t take them for granted.   A shift in mindset happens and they notice when they are not as consistent with journaling; they can easily fall back into a mindset focused on all that is lacking.

Here at the PBY Training Studio we are grateful for the opportunity to know and work with you (and hopefully meet those of you we haven’t met yet soon!).  We wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving!




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