4 Studies that Show How Being Thankful is Good for You
Happy Thanksgiving to all those Vinglers in the U.S.! Aside from us celebrating our U.S. history, today is the day we try to reflect and be thankful for people and things in our lives. Because not only is it good to do... it's also good for our health and well-being.
Here are 4 studies that explain how.
1. Thankfulness helps you be a better friend
Thankfulness could help you nurture your friendships even more. The study published in Emotion in 2014 also showed that it can help you win a new friend or two. Acknowledging other people and their own strengths can allow you to appreciate them more, but also allows them to appreciate you more. Makes sense really.
2. Thankfulness helps your heart
Sounds silly, but really, gratitude has been shown to strengthen your heart. A study found that "while anger produces a sympathetically dominated power spectrum, whereas appreciation produces a power spectral shift toward MF and HF activity." So yes, gratitude creates a calm, strong, and happy heart.
3. Thankfulness helps with sleep
In a study done with university students it found that overall those that were more thankful tended to be less anxious and less worried. This helped overall with sleep habits. Which makes sense, less worry = more sleep. I'm guessing most of us will rest easy tonight.
4. Thankfulness gives you an overall better sense of well-being
In a University of California study, researchers did 3 studies test gratitude and reflection on blessings. "Results suggest that a conscious focus on blessings may have emotional and interpersonal benefits." So yes, it has to be a conscious effort, but sounds like it's worth it to me...
So focus on those blessings Vinglers, and you'll not only be happy, but you'll also be healthy. (Health is what I need after eating all this pie...)
This year I'm thankful for all my Vinglers out there! :)