We often hear the question ‘are you a glass half full or glass half empty person?’ I recently read a descriptor that said that people who choose to be positive and grateful are ‘just happy to have a glass.’
In a similar vein to my recent comments about the ‘The Helper’s High’, and the positive effects of giving on your health, positivity and gratitude are also good for us physically.
This article claims that grateful people — those who perceive gratitude as a permanent trait rather than a temporary state of mind — have an edge on the not-so-grateful when it comes to health, according to research on gratitude. “Grateful people take better care of themselves and engage in more protective health behaviors like regular exercise, a healthy diet, regular physical examinations.
“ It’s no secret that stress can make us sick, particularly when we can’t cope with it. It’s linked to several leading causes of death, including heart disease and cancer, and claims responsibility for up to 90% of all doctor visits. Gratitude, it turns out, can help us better manage stress. “Gratitude research is beginning to suggest that feelings of thankfulness have tremendous positive value in helping people cope with daily problems, especially stress” …
Interesting stuff hey? Yesterday I spoke with the principal of one of the schools that we support in Fiji and he was so positive about working with us in 2012 and exited about the changes we can make together for girls from poor families. He was grateful for our collective support, our girls, who start their school year next week are grateful for the opportunity to go to school and their families are grateful for a way through their situation.
I am grateful that my life is bigger than just me and that I can be part of making a difference in someone else’s world. So it’s win win all round!
Helping and serving others can also create a sense of gratitude in us for all that we have and all we are blessed with.
Love you to be grateful with us!!
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