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Gratitude is Good for Your Health

Gratitude is Good for Your Health

Ever notice how good it feels to make someone else feel good? Expressing gratitude not only makes the person on the receiving end feel happier, it makes you feel happier, too. Studies have shown that gratitude is actually good for your health.

According to the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, people who focus on what they’re thankful for report fewer symptoms of physical illness. And the positive emotions associated with gratitude can trigger a 23% percent drop in levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

So how can you express your gratitude?

  • Be an active listener and let your friends and family know you care
  • Give thoughtful gifts like seasonal flowers, or personalized gift baskets
  • Send handwritten letters
  • Say "thank you"

No matter how you say it, a heartfelt “thank you” can go a long way. And we’re here to help.

John Tesh is a 6-time Emmy winning musician, TV and Radio broadcaster. He broadcasts the Intelligence for Your Life radio and TV shows speaking about topics including Health, Love, Sleep, Workplace and Pets.