Nov 20 2016

We have so much to be thankful for this Holiday season!

Published by at 1:39 pm under General

We have so much to be thankful for this Holiday season!
Focus on the many things you are thankful for and you’ll find it makes you happier and healthier.

What are you thankful for? We have so much to be grateful  for all year long, but sometimes, it takes a special holiday like Thanksgiving to remind us. Why do we find it so easy to complain? Why do we look at the negative? Why, in a wonderful 12 hour day, do we hold on to the 5 minute negative exchange we had at work or ill words with a loved one?

Being thankful takes practice sometimes. And research shows it is very good for our health. “…When we think about what we appreciate, the parasympathetic or calming part of the nervous system is triggered and that can have protective benefits on the body, including decreasing cortisol levels and perhaps increasing oxytocin – the bonding hormone involved in relationships that make us feel so good…”1*

But it goes beyond just feeling good. “…”Clinical trials indicate that the practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person’s life,” says Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis. “It can lower blood pressure, improve immune function and facilitate more efficient sleep.”…”1*

Another study that came out of the University of California San Diego’s School of Medicine found that grateful people actually have healthier hearts, with  less inflammation and healthier heart rhythms. Another study discovered that gratitude is an immune system booster. University of Utah and Kentucky researchers observed stressed-out law students and found that those who viewed themselves as optimistic had a higher number of disease-fighting cells in their bodies.1*

Being grateful can also be good for your waistline. “…People who keep a gratitude journal have a reduced dietary fat intake – as much as 25 percent lower. Stress hormones like cortisol are 23 percent lower in grateful people. And having a daily gratitude practice could actually reduce the effects of aging to the brain…”1*

Ralph Waldo Hemerson  said, “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”2*

So make a list of the things that make you feel grateful and thankful. Keep it with you all year long and update it daily. Keep a gratitude journal. Say thank you to the people who help you every day whether it is the server at your local coffee shop or the bagger at the grocery store. People want to feel appreciated and you will inspire them to pass the kindness on to others. Tell the people you love how grateful you are for them. Tell yourself thank you…look at the good you do for your body, others, and the planet. In case you are needing some ideas…. 

Be thankful for your body.

Be thankful for your friends and family.

Be thankful for your freedom.

Be thankful the election is over.

Be thankful for sunshine,

Be thankful for rain.

I am so very thankful and grateful to all of you, our loyal customers and friends. I hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving and may the joy of being thankful boost your health and immune system all year long.

Healthiest wishes,





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