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A Healthy Perspective: Gratitude

Health and wellness is a completely intrinsic journey in every way, and that means a lot of mental fortitude. The journey is long, it poses challenges, and it allows for us to grow in ways that are scary, taking grit, determination and intention every step of the way.

This journey is the conscious decision to seek self improvement, and hold ourselves to a higher standard, recognizing that we are blessed beyond measure, and want to internally serve ourselves by being kind to our own self. It is kind of a strange idea that gratitude is something to be practiced, to pour effort into and to intentionally seek out. One of the things that we have learned is that hardships are always going to arise, and they may bring sorrow but they ultimately bring progress, often times in more ways than one. This said, we have to practice gratitude in all circumstances, happy or sad, positive or negative, mundane or exciting, and easy or difficult. Yes, we are VERY aware this is easier said than done. However, did you know there are actual internal health benefits to gratitude? We want to give you a few things to reflect on and encourage you to take a few minutes to mindfully practice gratitude today (and hopefully every day).

What are some of the health benefits of gratitude?

  • Your social health: A biggie on the benefits front is the fuel gratitude gives your relationships. When you appreciate someone, you can’t help but show it with words and actions, usually without even thinking about it! You long for more time with them, you find yourself putting them before you, you remind them how important they are to you, and you express love to them more often. In return, your relationships are stregthened, bringing your bond with another person to a deeper level.
  • Your mental health: There are many positive mental side effects we have found from practicing gratitude. You feel happiness above all, but you also feel calmness, optomism, more energized, kindness, patience, and connection with others. Most importantly, it fosters self-love, and on the wellness journey, you will find that being your own best friend, supporter and cheerleader is the best thing you can do for yourself.
  • Your physical health: A grateful heart translates into less anxiety and stress. Coming from two people who suffer from extreme anxiety, we perk up at the promise of a more calm, relaxed state. Ultimately, this is a feeling of happiness and joy. We know how harmful stress can be on the body, and the toll it takes on our bodies physically. Combat that stress by practicing gratitude! Stress and anxiety cannot always be melted away, but this practice is sure to ease some of the negative feelings brought on by these damaging emotions.
  • Your happiness health: Have you ever found yourself watching a video on Facebook about someone who was in a tough spot, and someone else took the intiative to do something good for them in a viral-worthy way? In the video, both parties are expressing gratitude for this experience, and in turn, you find yourself feeling warm and fuzzy, too. This happiness is a direct result of gratitude, and practicing gratitude on a daily basis will help you achieve joy on a daily basis. Personally, we find we have to work for joy. Joy is not something that always come eaesy, and it is something to be strived for, but so worth it when it is earned.

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Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families. We are so thankful that people take time to read our posts, test our recipes, and engage with us online. We wish you a wonderful day filled with joy, love and good eats!

If you are interested in reading more, we found an incredible article that really inspired us as we researched this topic here! We hope it inspires you a little further, too.

XO,

Amanda and Christina

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