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Thanksgiving is as much about gratitude is as it is about turkey and cranberry sauce.  Did you know that feeling thankful has effects on your health?

Here are a few compelling reasons why you will want to be extra thankful this season.

-You’ll have a healthier heart:  The higher the gratitude, the better your mood, higher quality sleep and less inflammation – which can worsen the symptoms of heart failure.  Higher levels of gratitude also lead to higher levels of spiritual well-being.  A recent study showed that people that spent an 8-week period writing down what they are thankful for showed reductions in circulating levels of several important inflammatory biomarkers, as well as an increase in heart rate variability. 

-You might get more sleep:  If you have difficulty sleeping, writ down a few things you are thankful for before bed can help.  In a study of college students who struggled to fall asleep due to racing minds and worries found that those who kept a gratitude journal could quiet their minds and sleep better.

-It makes you more optimistic:  Being gracious can contribute to a healthier outlook.  Conscious focus on blessings may have emotional and interpersonal benefits.

-Gratitude helps you make new friends: Expressing gratitude is a great way to build new relationships.  People like to spend time with grateful, optimistic people.

-Being thankful improves physical health:  In a study of 1,000 adults publish in the journal personality and Individual Difference found that higher levels of dispositional gratitude were correlated with better self-reported physical health.  The people who felt more gracious had a notable willingness to partake in healthy behaviors and seek help for their health-related concerns.  Other research has suggested that people who are grateful are more likely to do physical activity.

Let’s all be thankful!  At Carolina SeniorCare we are thankful for each individual touch by our services.  Wishing all a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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