A month of gratitude

Thanksgiving is the time of year when our hearts and minds turn to that gentle recognition, rediscovery, or remembering of the simple abundance around us — gratitude.

Age-old wisdom has taught us that a grateful heart is the key to happiness. But did you know there is scientific proof that people who adopt an attitude of gratitude are not only happier, but are also healthier? Here are examples of how being grateful can improve health, mentally and physically:

  • Boosted immunity
  • Relaxed brain
  • Recharged heart
  • Improved fitness
  • Positive relationships
  • More optimistic
  • Less materialistic
  • Emotionally resilient

Gratitude is a choice to focus on the good instead of the negative in our lives. How can you make a choice for better health?

Are you trying to get to or maintain a healthy weight?
Rather than focusing on your end goal, celebrate the healthy food choices you made today to nourish your body.

Are you trying to stop smoking?
Rather than beating yourself up for lighting up, feel good that you have talked to your healthcare provider or have a plan in place to help you quit.

Are you trying to make exercise part of your daily life?
Rather than stressing that you did not get to the gym today, pat yourself on the back for taking the stairs, cleaning your house, walking the dog, or anything that you did to move your body.

Are you recovering from an injury?
Rather than getting upset about everything you cannot do, rejoice in the little things that you can do today or the progress you have made over the past few days.

Are you on a mission for overall health and wellness?
Rather than worrying about unhealthy behaviors of the past, congratulate yourself on making a commitment for your future and make sure to engage your healthcare provider in making a plan tailored just for you.

As you reflect this month on the people and the abundance in your life with gratitude, put yourself on the list. Baptist Health and Good for You are here to be your partner in creating the health you want.

Health is about action, so make a choice for better health. If you have not been to your healthcare provider in the past year, call to schedule an appointment today. Be sure to share your overall health and wellness goals and make sure you are up-to-date on the screenings and immunizations that are right for you.

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