An Attitude of Gratitude

Grist Mill

Take a moment to imagine what it would be like if we expressed gratitude on a daily basis. Researchers say that such thankfulness would certainly be rewarded with better health. Is this true? Can a positive feeling such as gratitude offer physical and mental benefits?  It may be a dramatic departure from what we’ve been taught about how to get healthier, but the connection between gratitude and health actually goes back a long way.  Throughout history, philosophers and religious leaders have praised gratitude as a virtue that is integral to health and well-being. Now, thanks to new research, there is scientific evidence that gratitude is a health enhancer; proven to lower stress, promote a more efficient immune system, improve emotional equilibrium, and enhance deeper relaxation.