Did you know that giving thanks – thinking of the blessings and happy moments you experience each day – can improve your life? According to the Mayo Clinic, positive thinking can actually make you healthier. The many benefits include:
- Reducing stress levels
- Improving resistance to colds
- Reducing the risk of coronary artery disease
If it’s hard for you to stay focused on the positive and identify things that you’re grateful for, you may want to try one of these activities:
Keep a gratitude journal
Each day, write down the things for which you are grateful – a beautiful sunset, a warm home, the companionship of family or friends. There should be no negative thoughts in a gratitude journal, only positive ones.
Mindfulness is paying attention to the here and now by observing your thoughts without being critical or judgmental. Mindfulness has been adopted by many cancer survivors as a means of managing stress and staying positive.
This year, make a Thanksgiving Day’s resolution to accentuate the positive!
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!