Gratitude’s Impact On Health

Can Being Grateful Have A Positive Impact On Health And Fitness?

With Thanksgiving approaching, we will all soon be taking the time to acknowledge what we are truly grateful for. It’s a nice gesture, of course, but why do we do it? What good is gratitude?

Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness to others

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Through a personal experience of mine I had been challenged to journal 10 things I was grateful for everyday for two weeks. Challenge Accepted. At first I was completely blind to what was going to happen over the next 14 days. The first few days I felt as though it was pretty easy as my list would consist of family, food, car, job and I was on the fast track to completing my gratitude challenge. As the days went by I began to notice more energy and couldn’t help but feel happy and have a positive attitude. I quickly realized the impact this daily gratitude list was having on me and decided to take this challenge a bit more seriously.

As my mindset changed I began to challenge myself to dig deeper and take more time as I tried my best to show more variety and value within my gratitude lists. As the second week kicked off I was fully committed. My relationship with my girlfriend, friends and family had seen improvements as well as feeling confident and productive. I was sold that being grateful and showing gratitude could have a positive impact on myself and others.

My curiosity continued to grow as I wanted to learn more about the power behind being grateful. After doing some research I quickly was able to see a correlation between gratitude and physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social health and wellbeing. I also discovered how gratitude can encourage a strong successful career, promote a long and healthy relationship and inspire goal setting to ensure success. As my final week of the challenge came I had no longer considered this the end of my challenge but the beginning of something new as I knew that this was right for me.

My changes were clear as my lists near the end of my challenge consisted of more in depth detailed reasons to feel grateful such as strong communication with my girlfriend of 5 years, physical health as well as a job that I love and gives back on daily basis. All of which show more value and effort than car,food and job. After reflecting i noticed that my choice to challenge myself and to put forth more effort was a benefit in itself as my gratitude list had inspired change right from the start. My gratitude list had a stronger impact on me physically, mentally and emotionally as this simple little tasks truly was an asset as I strive to become the best that I can be..

 After having such a successful personal experience with my 14 day Gratitude Challenge I would love to challenge you to do the same. Keep track of 5-10 things that you are grateful for every day for the next  two weeks. Make sure to track any changes that occur or progress being made and see how being grateful or showing gratitude can have a positive impact on your health and fitness. Best of Luck, Stay Positive and Be The Change!   

 

* For more information about the true benefits behind Gratitude on Health and Fitness email me at coachjosh@athleticrevolutionsouthshore.com

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