Thankful and Grateful – Food For Thought

Thankful and Grateful – Food For Thought


It has been studied and proven that being grateful is good for your heart, mind and soul. Everyone knows that being grateful is a good thing. But did you know…

Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression. Grateful people are more likely to behave in a prosocial manner, even when others behave less kind. People who are grateful also seek less revenge.

Grateful people sleep better. Writing in a gratitude journal improves sleep, according to a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. Spending just 15 minutes jotting down a few grateful statements before bed…  may help you not only sleep better but also longer. Easy to do and great news!!!

Gratitude improves self-esteem. I think that is great news because we all need more self esteem every now and then. Other studies have shown that gratitude reduces social comparisons. Rather than becoming resentful toward people who have more money or better jobs; which is a major factor in reduced self-esteem. Grateful people are able to appreciate other people’s accomplishments.

Gratitude increases mental strength. For years, research has shown gratitude not only reduces stress, but it may also play a major role in overcoming trauma including PTSD.  A 2003 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that gratitude was a major contributor to the resilience following the terrorist attacks on September 11.  Recognizing all you have to be thankful for, even during the worst times of your life, fosters resilience.



So we should all take a few moments this holiday season to focus on all that you have. Rather then the have nots and/or complain about all the things you think you deserve.


Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!
oxox Ms Foodie



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    Becky Barth
    November 24th, 2017 at 1:00 am

    “When you’re worried, and you can’t sleep, just count your blessings instead of sheep, and you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings.” (Rosemay Clooney had it exactly right!) xo

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      Ms Foodie
      November 29th, 2017 at 1:54 am

      I love that, then again I love any rhyme oxox thank you


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