The Gratitude Attitude Effect
It's commonly understood that a happy mind makes for a happy life. You can't change everything that comes your way, but you can change how you respond. It's important to be thankful for what you have in your life, whether it be friends, family, good health, material possessions, or something else. It's easy to overlook all that we have, but if you make the effort to acknowledge what you have and appreciate it, you will see a world of a difference in your happiness.
Studies have shown that regularly practicing being grateful can actually have positive health benefits. Psychology professor Robert Emmons, who teaches at the University of California at Davis, has spent years researching the field that he calls “positive psychology”, and he’s found that “those who adopt an attitude of gratitude as a permanent state of mind experience many health benefits”.
A few health benefits that you can expect from simply being actively grateful are:
- Improved mental alertness
- Ability to cope better with stress and daily challenges
- Stronger immune systems
- Less problematic physical symptoms
- Having a happier and more optimistic mindset
Those who are grateful also tend to exercise more, eat a healthier diet, and take better care of themselves both in a physical and mental state. So often we look for outside ways to improve our health when really, the key can be something as simple as adopting a grateful mindset about our lives and the people around us.
All of us at Carlsbad Open MRI encourage you to adopt this mindset not just today, but everyday. It’s such a small step to take to increase your health, and it’s something everybody should strive to do. Share what you're thankful for on our Facebook page, and keep the gratitude growing! We're definitely grateful for each and everyone of our amazing patients.