5 Ways Showing Gratitude Makes You Healthier Than Ever

Family sitting at dinner table for Thanksgiving

Pause. If you’ve been running around frantically trying to complete everything on your to-do list, you need to slow down and smell the tulips.

This simple action not only has the power to change your day, but it can transform your health. Many health disorders are on the rise because people are operating on a mind that is not at ease.

Taking time to focus on the beauty around you is a step towards gratitude – an unfolding of the fullness of life that brings peace for today and possibilities for tomorrow.

Are you ready to awaken your mind and tap into a healthier you? Here are 5 ways showing gratitude will make you healthier than ever:

Stronger Immune System

Never doubt how powerful gratitude can be in fighting disorders that try to attack your immune system.

What better group to test the truthfulness of this statement than by studying the impact on burned-out law students? Researchers at the University of Utah found that students who were more optimistic had a stronger immune system to defend against disease-promoting microorganisms. Finding ways to overcome stress through consistent patterns of gratitude will leave you with a happier and healthier immune system.

Better Sleep

Are you having a hard time trying to sleep at night? Stop tossing and turning and start writing down what you are grateful for before you close your eyes. According to research performed by leading scientific gratitude expert Robert Emmons, individuals who consistently listed things they were grateful for being going to bed reported longer, more refreshing sleep patterns. Gratitude eases your mind and allows you to drift into a peaceful slumber.

Lower Blood Pressure

There’s no need to take tons of pills to lower your blood pressure if you are willing to adopt an attitude of gratitude. Gratitude is a potent medicine that has proven to lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Psychologists at UC Davis found that people who frequently express gratitude have 16 percent lower diastolic blood pressure and 10 percent lower systolic blood pressure compared to those less grateful.

Improved Moods

When life appears to be knocking you down, it’s easy to run to the nearest corner and pour out all of your emotions. If you fill your mind with negative thoughts at your lowest state, you might fall into a state of depression or anxiety. You can avoid all of this by repositioning your mind with thoughts of gratitude. Neuroscientists have discovered that feelings of gratitude activate the feel good chemicals in your brain known as dopamine.  Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that rewards you for taking on certain behaviors by scanning your environment more often for things that will give you that same feeling of happiness.

Higher Energy Levels

You don’t always have to chug down a cup of coffee to get your daily energy boost. Just let the power of gratitude give you a little pep in your step. Many studies have shown that individuals who consistently documented what they were thankful for reported an increased sense of vitality. When you’re walking around with higher energy levels, you’re much happier and are able to combat symptoms of anger and frustration that tear down the body.

About Charlene Rhinehart

Charlene is a motivational speaker, former Ms. Corporate America, and entrepreneur. She provides freelance writing and consulting services as the Managing Director of CEO Unlimited LLC and provides resources for career driven female professionals as Founder of the Career Goddess Academy. Charlene can’t deny that she is also a fitness fanatic, having obtained certifications as a Zumba Instructor, WERQ Fitness Instructor, POUND Pro, and SCW Personal Trainer. Connect with Charlene on Twitter @careergoddess or Instagram @charlenerhinehart.