An Attitude of Gratitude

Individuals who experience frequent feelings of gratefulness have more energy, optimism, social connections, and happiness than those who do not.  They also sleep more soundly, exercise more regularly, and have greater resistance to viral infections (Wall Street Journal, 2010).

Counting your blessings leads to fewer health complaints, reduced risk of depression, and helps to build resiliency (Emmons & McCullough, 2003).

Focusing on the aspects of your body for which you are grateful (as opposed to your body’s perceived flaws) can lead to improved body image (Poretsky, 2010).