Gratitude: good for mind & body

by - November 24, 2009

Just in time for Turkey day...

New research shows that being thankful is good for both body and mind.

Psychologist David DeSteno says gratitude leads people to commit more selfless acts, and a National Science Foundation study found that people who felt grateful for help were more likely to return the favor.

All the research from this blossoming field of research indicates that being thankful could help you feel better both mentally and physically, but researchers say there's a catch - you have to be thankful all throughout the year for the healthiness to really count.

I found this school of thought to be extremely interesting...and if you think about it, it makes sense. People who don't feel like they can count on others are oftentimes the grouches we talk about. So on Thanksgiving remember to be thankful...and then remember to keep being thankful for the rest of the year. You'll feel better for it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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