Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at Zims! We know 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us so we hope you find some joy in this holiday and a get a chance to think about all we have to be grateful for even in tough times.
Did you know that gratitude can actually improve your health? In a recent study participants were asked to write a few sentences each week focusing on particular topics. One group wrote about things they are grateful for, another on things that upset them and a 3rd group wrote on ambivalent topics. “After 10 weeks those who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. Surprisingly, they also exercise more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation.” Isn’t that fascinating?
Another study had participants write a letter of gratitude to someone who they had never properly thanked before and “participants immediately exhibited a huge increase in happiness scores. This impact was greater than that from any other intervention, with benefits lasting for a month.” Clearly gratitude has tremendous benefits for us if we implement it in our lives. It just takes some humility and a reminder of the good in our lives over the negative.
What about you this Thanksgiving Day? What are you most grateful for? How has having an attitude of gratitude helped your life? We would love to hear in the comments section. Most importantly HAPPY THANKSGIVING!