Monday, November 26, 2012

How Being Thankful is Good for your Health

How Being Thankful is Good for your Health: 
Motivation for your Monday Fitness

We hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and was able to really reflect on all they have to be thankful for.  Bob and Caroline Scott of the Louisville Athletic Club continued to think about thankfulness this morning as they shared how being thankful is also good for our health.
"While we need to be thankful all the time, this is definitely the time of year that we focus a little more on all the things we have to be grateful to our amazing God for.  As so many of us gave thanks this Thanksgiving, we were actually doing more than our spirits good.  Research has shown that the act of gratitude offers a wide range of benefits to our physical and mental health.  Being grateful can give us a sense of well-being and more hope for the future, but there's more. In a number of studies, regularly giving thanks can actually enhance your mental and physical energy, and guarantee better sleep quality and duration." - Caroline Scott
"Thankfulness can be a key motivator for our personal lives, and has been proven to boost an individual's likelihood to engage in exercise.  It can also ecrease physical ailments such as the common cold, and increase our overall vitality.  Thanksgiving can serve as a reminder to focus on the great things God has done for us, and it also offers each person more appreciation for family members and friends.  Gratitude starts with personal reflection but ultimately includes something better - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  So, aim to be thankful always.  It can clearly have a deep and lasting impact on your life - and health." - Bob Scott
For more great health and fitness tips from Bob and Caroline, visit Caroline's Blog!

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