Ways Giving Thanks Can Make You Healthier

When it comes to Thanksgiving, you probably can’t think about anything else other than taking in all that delicious food and gravy. However, the day is supposed to be about giving—so let’s switch the focus a bit here. Thanksgiving is a wonderful chance to make a toast at dinner to all the good people and things in your life. But why only do these things on a holiday? It may be a reminder of all those good things, but that outward thankfulness is great for you all year round.

There are at least six ways that being grateful can actually help you all year round, whether it’s just a “thank you” are something more heartfelt…

Promotes Fewer Aches and Pains

Forbes magazine reports that it has been scientifically proven that giving thanks can improve your physical well-being. According to the source, a 2012 study showed that “grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and they report feeling healthier than other people.”

This could in be part because people who experience gratitude are also more likely to take care of their health, adds the source. “They exercise more often and are more likely to attend regular check-ups with their doctors,” it explains, noting lifespan can be extended as a result.

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Jeff Hayward

Jeff Hayward

Jeff has more than 15 years of experience writing professionally about health, travel and the arts among other subjects. He continuously looks to improve his own overall health through exercise, diet and mindfulness. He is also a proud stay-at-home dad that loves taking photographs both professionally and as a hobby.