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by Ashley Henderson - November 16, 2017
As Thanksgiving approaches, many take this time of year to express gratitude. Research
has shown that gratitude makes a significant impact on our cardiovascular and immune
systems. Grateful brains show areas of increased activity associated with emotional
understanding, interpersonal bonding, and rewarding social interactions. Moral judgement,
and the ability to empathize, connect with, and understand others perspectives was
Ways to increase your gratitude:
Journaling: Take time to write a few things that you are grateful for. This can be either every
day, or a few times a week, whatever works best for you.
Gratitude Rock: Pick a rock, or any other small object, to carry around with you, whenever you see
or touch the rock, pause and think of at least one thing that you are grateful for.
Gratitude Walk: Take a walk outside, observing the beauty around you.
Gratitude Letter/Visit: Write a hand-written letter expressing gratitude to someone for something that you
haven’t yet thanked them for. You can then mail the letter or deliver it in person.
Gratitude meditation: Settle into a comfortable position. Take a few calming breaths. Notice the things
in your immediate environment, the things you can see, smell, touch, taste and hear.
Say to yourself: “For this, I am grateful.” Think about the people in your life who
are close to you. Say to yourself: “For this, I am grateful.” Turn your attention
to yourself, all the things that make you unique. Say to yourself: “For this, I am