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Benefits of Gratitude

By Carleen Saeger, M.S., OTR/L, USAT Coach, CYT

At the beginning of my morning runs I spend some time practicing gratitude. Sometimes I’m listing off current things in my life while other times I’m thankful for my past. I also spend some time thinking about the future and sending good vibes to manifest!


Gratitude can also be expressed toward a difficult circumstance, event, or person. Perhaps we learned a lesson or a new perspective about something.


Research shows gratitude is associated with:

-Greater happiness

-Feel positive emotions

-Building resiliency

-Improving health

-Building strong relationships

How to Cultivate Gratitude

You can spend part of your morning workout practicing gratitude, like me, or you can bring it out in other ways:

-Write a thank you note

-Thank someone in your mind

-Keep a gratitude journal

-Count your blessings

-Pray

-Meditate


“ Gratitude is a way for people to appreciate what they have instead of always reaching for something new in the hopes it will make them happier or thinking they can't feel satisfied until every physical and material need is met. Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack. And, although it may feel contrived at first, this mental state grows stronger with use and practice.”


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