Did you know that you can improve your health simply by being grateful? It may sound simple, but research shows that appreciating life and being aware of how grateful you are can improve your immune system, reduce your stress, and potentially inspire other healthy habits. And what better time is there to begin a gratitude practice than Thanksgiving?
Here are five ways to be mindful of your gratefulness this Thanksgiving, and throughout the new year:
Keep a gratitude journal
Each week, write a journal entry about things you were grateful for that week. Be sure to include an explanation of why you were grateful for it.
Let gratitude ring
Do you sometimes feel that life is flying by in front of your eyes, with constant interruptions, like texts and calls? Every time your phone rings or a loved one sends you a text message on your phone, remind yourself of how grateful you are to have that person in your life.
Write a gratitude letter
If there is one person in particular who you are grateful for, write them a letter and let them know how much you appreciate them.
Find three good things
Each night before you fall asleep, think of three things that were the highlights of your day, and remember how grateful you are for each of them.
Take a gratitude walk
Take some time to slow down and appreciate nature on a gratitude walk. Try to clear your mind of any worry and simply focus on the beauty and peacefulness that surrounds you.