Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Today is a day to reflect on all of the things that we are thankful for, and most often overlook in our day to day lives. Whether you’re thankful for your opportunity to get an education, your family and friends, or your dog, it is actually scientifically proven to help your mental health when you take the time to say thank you for those things that bring you joy. Research by UC Davis Psychologist, Robert Emmons shows that simply taking time each day to reflect on things that you’re grateful for can “significantly increase well-being and life satisfaction” (Carpenter, Happify Daily). “People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they’re thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems”(Carpenter, Happify Daily).
So it turns out that today is not just a wonderful excuse to get out of school and eat loads of delicious food, it’s also a day to take a step towards loving yourself and your life even more! Remember that your mental health is just as important as your physical health, and take a minute today to practice gratitude!
And while you’re at it, check out this awesome app that can help keep you on track to regularly practice gratitude! http://gratitude365app.com/