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Gratitude as a Health Tool

Gratitude can improve your life, and may even save it! No really. Dartmouth posted this web page on the importance of gratitude: http://www.umassd.edu/counseling/forparents/reccomendedreadings/theimportanceofgratitude/

 

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"Researchers ... are turning their attention to the study of gratitude and its relationship to health and mental well-being. I will present some of their findings here to help us understand how gratitude is helpful and why it's important to our well-being.

 

People who keep gratitude journals on a weekly basis have been found to exercise more regularly, have fewer physical symptoms, feel better about their lives as a whole, and feel more optimistic about their upcoming week as compared to those who keep journals recording the stressors or neutral events of their lives.


Daily discussion of gratitude results in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness, energy, and sleep duration and quality. Grateful people also report lower levels of depression and stress, although they do not deny or ignore the negative aspects of life.


People who think about, talk about, or write about gratitude daily are more likely to report having helped someone with a personal problem or offered emotional support to another person.


Those with a disposition towards gratitude are found to place less importance on material goods, are less likely to judge their own or others success in terms of possessions accumulated, are less envious of wealthy people, and are more likely to share their possessions with others.


Emerging research suggests that daily gratitude practices may have some preventative benefits in warding of coronary artery disease."

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful for weekends spent in Rocky Mountain National Park.  And the crockpot that cooked dinner for us while we goofed off in our beautiful back yard.

 

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"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful for good health. And snow covered mountains. And snowshoes. And free days at Rocky Mountain National Park. 

 

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"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful for snowshoes, snowy mountains, sunlight and the will to put it all together in one fun calorie burning outing. 🙂

 

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"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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So very grateful to live in the Pacific Northwest.


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Gratitude can improve your life, and may even save it! No really. Dartmouth posted this web page on the importance of gratitude: http://www.umassd.edu/counseling/forparents/reccomendedreadings/theimportanceofgratitude/

 

Here’s a clip from that page:

 

"Researchers ... are turning their attention to the study of gratitude and its relationship to health and mental well-being. I will present some of their findings here to help us understand how gratitude is helpful and why it's important to our well-being.

 

People who keep gratitude journals on a weekly basis have been found to exercise more regularly, have fewer physical symptoms, feel better about their lives as a whole, and feel more optimistic about their upcoming week as compared to those who keep journals recording the stressors or neutral events of their lives.


Daily discussion of gratitude results in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness, energy, and sleep duration and quality. Grateful people also report lower levels of depression and stress, although they do not deny or ignore the negative aspects of life.


People who think about, talk about, or write about gratitude daily are more likely to report having helped someone with a personal problem or offered emotional support to another person.


Those with a disposition towards gratitude are found to place less importance on material goods, are less likely to judge their own or others success in terms of possessions accumulated, are less envious of wealthy people, and are more likely to share their possessions with others.


Emerging research suggests that daily gratitude practices may have some preventative benefits in warding of coronary artery disease."


 

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Grateful for brilliant sunrises and dramatic sunsets. But mostly the sunrises. 🙂

 

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"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful to be able to walk with DH, who seamlessly offers anthropomorphized running commentary relative to migrating waterfowl along the way.

 

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"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful for the beauty of a big moon rising over a snow-covered hillside.

 

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"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful for the beauty of a snow-covered everything.

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful for occasional 6,000 calorie burning workout blitzes amongst my usual workouts (and how they help make me stronger).

 

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"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful for cycling milestones. 

 

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful for a health conscious DH ... even when he suggests we try to get in a 100 mile trike ride in November. 

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"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful for music's ability to sooth a battered soul.

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful for the Susan G Komen Foundation that is helping a friend receive the breast cancer treatment she needs.

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"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful for the forecast: 70 degrees and plenty of sunshine! Yes!

 

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"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful for friends with plans. 

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"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Beyond grateful for the senior athletes in my life.

 

 

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful for what setting goals has done for my life.

 

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"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful for the sunshine that shall be upon us in t-180 minutes, give or take.

 

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"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful for whatever forces are at play, causing me to spot check the Rewards for Good earnings page for surprise bonus points. This morning that goofy habit earned me an additional 4,300 points. Rah!

 

 

 

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful for weather that's forcing me to tend to indoor projects. 

 

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"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful for this last gorgeous fall day before the --brrrrrrrrr --snowstorm.

 

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"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful for engaged, engaging people. Your energy is contageous!

 

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful that yesterday's weather report was wrong. Instead of the expected stay-inside-and-batten-down-the-hatches 35-45 MPH wind day, we and a mild, nearly windless sunshiny day in which we got in a 5 mile walk and a 21 mile trike ride (over a new trail, to boot). 

 

Might send that weatherman a balloon bouquet!

 

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"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful to be at home in the country,  to adore all things rural.

 

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Good gracious! Grateful for this week of incredibly beautiful weather.

 

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"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful for options. Don't like it? Change it!

 

 

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"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful for recumbent racing friends ... and our wild hopes and dreams! 🙂

 

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"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Despite the ugliness in this world, I'm grateful that there is still rampant beauty: beautiful hearts, gorgeous minds, loving souls and helpful attitudes.

 

And hey! It's  F A L L!  Go look outside, wouldja? 🙂 Beauty, beauty everywhere! 🙂

 

 

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"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful humans can employ deductive reasoning. (No slight meant to inductive reasoning. :))

 

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Grateful for the splendor of autumn. Mesmerizing beauty is everywhere.

 

 

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"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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