from Lifestyle Medicine Solutions
The Benefits of Gratefulness
We don’t have to dig too much to see the negative effects of stress on the body. Headaches, heart attacks, sleeplessness, depression and anxiety, high blood pressure, stomach aches and a lowered immune system all are examples of what happens in your body when exposed to chronic stress.
Here’s some good news: meditating on what you are grateful for has been shown to have positive effects on our bodies and brains. Here’s a quote from this study on gratefulness:
- People who keep gratitude journals on a weekly basis have been found to exercise more regularly, have fewer physical symptoms, feel better about their lives as a whole, and feel more optimistic about their upcoming week as compared to those who keep journals recording the stressors or neutral events of their lives.
- Daily discussion of gratitude results in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness, energy, and sleep duration and quality. Grateful people also report lower levels of depression and stress, although they do not deny or ignore the negative aspects of life.
- People who think about, talk about, or write about gratitude daily are more likely to report having helped someone with a personal problem or offered emotional support to another person.
- Those with a disposition towards gratitude are found to place less importance on material goods, are less likely to judge their own or others success in terms of possessions accumulated, are less envious of wealthy people, and are more likely to share their possessions with others.
- Emerging research suggests that daily gratitude practices may have some preventative benefits in warding of coronary artery disease.
Ways to express gratefulness:
1. Say Thank You
2. Write a Thank you note
3. Keep a gratitude journal
5. Meditate on what you are thankful for
6. Commit a random act of kindness
7. Volunteer your time
At the end of the day- there is a lot to gain by taking a few moments each day to think on what is good in your life. And we'll take this time to say we’re thankful for you! Thank you for working toward health with us. This year has been one of tremendous growth and we are looking forward to great things to come in 2016.
New Drop in Group Medical Appointment Times for November
Thursday November 19
5:45 pm– 6:45 pm
Ask me Anything- Drop in Group Medical Appointment
This is an open session and opportunity to ask your doctor anything and/or get specific concerns addressed, med refills, etc.
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Walk with the Docs
Saturday, Nov. 14th, 7am
4315 Brockton Avenue
This is an opportunity for you to enjoy the beautiful Mt. Rubidoux that we are blessed with right in our backyard!
"Walk With the Docs" is also an opportunity for you to meet and/or connect more with the LMS family. This is a way that we would love to learn and grow with you and our community. All are Welcome!