After a busy summer and fall I’m back to blogging some of my thoughts and topics that have come up in my office with my hard working clients.
During this time of year we all prepare for Thanksgiving. My clients discuss their plans, sometimes looking forward to the annual gathering of family and friends, and sometime dreading the drama that goes along with it. With that, I ask just what does Thanksgiving mean in your family?
I always remind my clients just how important being “Thankful” is. Feelings of gratitude have shown to be a healthy way to combat depression and feelings of dissatisfaction.
Everyone who knows me is aware of my love for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is truly my favorite holiday for a multitude of reasons. A gathering of loved ones centered around the concept of gratitude couldn’t be more important to individual and family health.
I will continue to blog on Bill Strong Denver ideas for yummy recipes and family events designed to enhance a shared holiday experience. Let’s play games, eat great food and have discussions that foster closeness. Let’s show our loved ones how THANKFUL we are for their existence in our lives.
Let’s all focus on what we are celebrating this Thanksgiving.
There’s no doubt that being thankful is healthy and healing for the body, mind and spirit. Recent research shows that being grateful helps people:
- Gratitude allows us to be 25% happier
- Gratitude has shown to help people sleep 1/2 hr more per evening
- We exercise 33% more each week
- Blood pressure reduction by up to 10%
- Decrease their dietary fat intake by up to 20%
- People who live with gratitude can live up to 7 years longer with frequent positive thoughts.
So let’s have a great Thanksgiving! Let’s increase our Gratitude!!!
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