Monday, November 21, 2011

Gratitude by the numbers

I am on day 11 of a cold that has leveled me. Gratitude has been in short supply this past week.  So I was delighted to see this little article in The Denver Post this weekend. None of these findings come as a surprise.  Gratitude is birthed from God's own heart, so of course it's good for us. Be encouraged!

"Being thankful is good for the body and the mind. People who practice being grateful:
* Are 25 percent happier
* Sleep 1/2 hour more per evening
* Exercise 33 percent more each week
* Reduce blood pressure by up to 10 percent
* Decrease their dietary fat intake by up to 20 percent
* Can live up to seven years longer with frequent positive emotions."

Source: Robert Emmons, professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis and the author of "Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier"

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