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Attitude of Gratitude: Giving Thanks

Before you dive into the turkey or turn on the game, don’t forget to count your blessings. When you focus on the good things, your upbeat attitude improves your well-being. Research shows that practicing gratitude may also benefit your social life and enhance your physical health. Send your life into an upward spiral with these tips:

  • Take a deep breath and be thankful. Research suggests that being grateful can help improve mood and reduce stress. So if preparing the holiday feast has you feeling frazzled, take a moment to think instead about the family and friends you’re grateful for and excited to spend the day with.

  • Appreciate the bounty on your table. Slow down enough to savor every bite. You’ll feel more grateful and be less likely to overeat.

  • Think thankful thoughts at bedtime. Gratitude may help you get a better night’s rest, research finds. As you drift off to sleep, think back on your day and focus on the activities you enjoyed and the moments you’re thankful for.

  • Pass along the kindness by volunteering. Ironically, the more selfless your motives, the more you may get out of it. Research shows that volunteering may help you feel happier and more satisfied with life, decrease feelings of depression and stress, improve your self-esteem, and even boost your physical health.