1. Thankful People Sleep Better
For those who have experience chronic pain or heart failure, studies have shown that those patients who are more thankful actually sleep better! Now, whether you experience things like chronic pain or heart failure or not, sleep is vitally important to health. Better sleep is linked to a lower risk of obesity, heart problems and diabetes. It’s not always easy to get long bouts of consistent sleep as a mom. But finding something to be grateful for each day can help you sleep better for those times that you do sleep!
2. Thankful People Have a Lower Risk of Heart Disease
Heart disease is one of the most deadly conditions in America. Men and women all over the country are diagnosed with various stages and conditions of heart disease on a daily basis. Exercise is great for your heart health, but so is thankfulness! An amazing study showed that people who spent time each day journaling about what they were thankful for each a day had lower blood pressure than those who didn’t. Another study showed that those who already had heart failure and journaled about what they were thankful for were less tired, had less inflammation, were less depressed and better able to care for themselves than those who didn’t. Again, even if you don’t have heart disease currently, this is something that you want to prevent! And lessening the risk of other factors, like depression and exhaustion will greatly improve your health as a mom.
3. Thankful People Lead Healthier Lifestyles
Studies have shown that people who are thankful are more likely to participate in or create habits for themselves that contribute to a healthy lifestyle – things like eating properly and exercise being at the top of the list. When you are thankful for what you have and for those around you, you are more likely to make good choices that affect you in a positive way. One other way that gratitude affects your lifestyle in a positive way is that thankful people are less stressed overall. There are plenty of things to be stressed about as a new mom, so finding little things to be grateful for each day can help ease that stress.
No matter how crazy life gets, there is always something to be thankful for. And, as you can see, gratitude is good for both your physical and mental health! So, during this Thanksgiving week, take some time to think about all of the good things in your life and watch how thankfulness changes your outlook!