Thanksgiving, the holiday that reminds us to count our blessings is almost here. It’s a time we look forward to and cherish. We take a break from the normal routines of life, gather family and close friends around the dinner table, and enjoy a bounty of good food and fellowship. And give thanks.
Day in and day out, when we turn on the radio, tv, or scan the internet, we’re bombarded with what’s wrong in the world. Surrounded by negative information, it’s no wonder stress is an ongoing problem so many people deal with. Chronic stress, caused by ongoing negative emotions can weaken your body’s immune response, and increase the likelihood of illness and disease. It’s no surprise that 75% to 90% of all doctor visits are stress-related.
What if we put negative emotions in reverse? Can positive emotions, like gratitude have a stress reducing, bolstering effect on your health? Scientific studies say yes, even if heart disease is in your family history. That’s right. In spite of known risk factors, those with a positive outlook were found to be one-third less likely to have a heart attack within a 5 to 25 year time span than those with a negative outlook, according to research findings by a research team at John Hopkins. A happy heart won’t guarantee a healthy heart, but it can make a positive difference in your life and those you interact with.
Thanksgiving is a refreshing time, to focus on what’s good around us. Giving thanks and having a positive outlook on life is uplifting, and a key to maintaining health and happiness. It’s important for our mental and physical well being to find practical ways to look on the bright side, and be grateful every day of the year.
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About the Author:
Deborah Tukua is a nonfiction author, and editor of Journey to Natural Living. She is author of seven books including, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats: 55 Fresh from the Blender Recipes, and Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success. Deborah has been a regular lifestyle feature writer for the Farmers' Almanac since 2004.
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