fostering-an-attitude-of-gratitudeWhether we’re thankful for family, health, finances or friendships, having a grateful heart is good for the body, mind and soul.

“Thousands of years of literature talk about the benefits of cultivating gratefulness as a virtue,” says Dr. Robert Emmons, a University of California, Davis psychology professor.

Research shows that those who practice gratitude are more likely to eat a healthy diet often, engage in regular exercise, have healthier immune systems, and manage stress better.

Because stress is responsible for up to 90% of medical doctors visits, having a thankful outlook can help keep you well.

How to show thankfulness? With these simple, effective actions. Foster a thankful attitude by regularly writing down all that you’re thankful for; be mindful of what you have instead of comparing yourself to others; and have a positive mindset.

Having a glass-half-full outlook could improve your health and your life!