When you gather with family and friends around the dinner table at Thanksgiving, it’s hard not to feel grateful for the people in your life. It’s a healthy feeling that we should carry with us all year long with good reason: Being grateful can heal your heart. This is a message I’ve shared before and it’s worth repeating, so here it is again:
How Thanksgiving Heals the Heart
How often do we take the time to actually name the people and things we’re grateful for? Probably not often enough. But having an “attitude of gratitude,” which is what the Thanksgiving holiday is all about, is important to your emotional and physical health. It filters how you see the world and creates within you an atmosphere that fosters happiness and healing.
Plus, an attitude of gratitude promotes real physical healing. Scientists have long known that physical illness—whether its back pain, chest pain, or the common flu—includes a psychological component. When you think about it, people who are sick certainly feel miserable, and are often angry and depressed.
But those who allow themselves to experience positive feelings while going through an illness or other challenge often feel better, get stronger, and heal faster than their not-so-happy counterparts. This isn’t just hearsay, it’s a scientific fact.
Gratitude is one of the “positive feelings” that can greatly enhance your healing and, quite frankly, makes you a happier, more pleasant person to be around. So, let me lead by example by sharing with you a few things I’m grateful for:
I, Dr. Stephen Sinatra, am grateful for my family, my friends, my health, my job, so much more, and last but not least, you.
I thank you for the trust you place in me. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and for considering my advice. I take my responsibility to you very seriously and nothing would make me happier than knowing that I’m helping you to live your life to the fullest.
Now it’s your turn: What are you grateful for?