If it is true that gratitude is good for health, then wouldn’t it be beneficial to actively be grateful on a consistent basis?
In a study looking at a conscious focus on blessings, subjects expressing gratitude experienced a 25% increase in happiness and, get this: those with chronic health problems experienced better sleep.
There are many ways to express gratitude, but its expression, while important, is just that – an expression – an expression of a sincere feeling that starts in the heart.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”¹ ~John F. Kennedy
In the century before JFK shared this wisdom, Mary Baker Eddy, a pioneer in spirituality and health, shared the same sentiment: “Gratitude is much more than a verbal expression of thanks. Action expresses more gratitude than speech.“²
It seems pretty simple really – intuitive even.
The Bible (1Thessalonians 5:18) speaks to this in very simple terms:
“In every thing give thanks.“
May you have much to be grateful for, including good health!