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Thanksgiving is the one day of the year that we set aside for the purpose of giving thanks. It’s a good start, but what if we showed our gratitude throughout the year? Doctors say the benefits are worth the effort.

We could have better marriages, stronger faith, and even better health.

Physical Health

Dr. David J. Jennings, Jr., assistant director of the Psychological Services Center

said scientific research definitively links a persistent sense of gratitude with good physical health.

“Studies have shown that people with a more grateful disposition actually engage in more exercise. They eat better, they take care of themselves better by getting regular physical examinations,” he said.

“It’s also been shown to be helpful to people who are actually having some kind of physical ailment, actually reduce negative health symptoms and increase sleep,” he continued.

Mental Health

Grateful people also handle adversity better and experience less PTSD, clinical depression, and anxiety.

“Gratitude has been shown to actually help to cope with stress and negative life events. Which of course, stress can be a major contributor to physical problems,” Jennings explained. “Stress certainly tends to depress our immune system, makes us more vulnerable to disease, sickness.”

Family Health

As a bonus, Jennings said showing gratitude toward your spouse strengthens your marriage.

“Research is showing more and more that the quality of our relationships has a tremendous impact on the quality of our health,” he explained. “And gratitude has actually been shown to help improve the quality of one’s relationship.”

So for better health, make a conscious effort to give thanks…a lot of it…every day. It’s not easy, but well worth the effort.

Related Scripture

Colossians 3:17 NLT

And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

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