Be Thankful: How Gratitude Improves Your Health & Your Life

By Joel Marion, CISSN

Today I want to share a super-helpful tip with you is both simple and free. While it doesn’t burn any calories, it can have a tremendous impact on your health, relationships, and overall quality of life.

Practice gratitude every single day.

While most people take time to give thanks at certain times or in response to receiving a gift, cultivating gratitude as a daily practice is one of the most powerful, yet overlooked tools to which we all have access.

Its benefits are tangible and far-reaching. According to Dr. Robert Emmons, the world’s leading expert on gratitude, folks who consistently practice gratitude report a slew of benefits:

Expressing gratitude, appreciation, and thankfulness fosters positive feelings, promotes wellbeing, and helps you celebrate the present. Practicing gratitude consistently is like “chicken soup” for the body, the mind, and relationships.

Take time to give thanks each and every day—make it a habit. One of the best ways to do this is to start a gratitude journal and write down at least three things for which you’re grateful. Some folks do this first thing in the morning, while others like to do it at the end of the day. Whenever the time is right for you is best; in the overall scheme of things, there’s no bad time to practice gratitude.