Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thankfulness Leads to a Healthier Lifestyle

"Grateful People Are Happier, Healthier Long After the Leftovers Are Gobbled Up." This is the main point of this article I found wall street journal. Is having a heart of gratitude and constantly giving thanks really related to having a healthier life? I believe so! According to the article, it says that people who have a spirit of gratitude tend to be more happy, optimistic, have close and good friends, and possess more energy. I believe all this to be true. Am sure a number of us have heard the stories of missionaries that travel to third world countries and meeting extremely poor people people who have a heart of gratitude and are some of the kindest people. I am not saying that this is true in every case, but I have seen from personal experience people that are always thankful have a more optimistic view of line and are happy.

The article also mentioned that these happy people "earn more money, sleep more soundly, exercise more regularly and have greater resistance to viral infections." While I agree with some of this, I don't think it necessarily true that every thankful person will make more money and exercise regularly. It is true to an extent that the more happy an individual almost correlates to how healthy the person is. Even though this article mainly refers to the western world, I believe that the article itself greatly underestimates the extent of how being thankful greatly influences the life of an individual whether rich or not. I did not intend to write on a topic like this, but I am glad I came across the article. Being thankful goes beyond the material; it involves the immaterial and it posses so much power that it greatly influences the material.

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