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Being Thankful is Good For You!

There are lots of reasons why it is important to be thankful and show gratitude for the people and things we have in our lives....but did you know that being thankful is good for your health?

Here are a few reasons why it's great to be grateful.

1. Showing thanks to others makes them feel good.

You make other people feel good when you show them you appreciate the things they do for you. A simple "thank you" goes a long way and helps you to build better friendships and relationships with family members. When you make others feel good, it makes you feel good and then everyone feels good!

2. Being thankful gives you confidence.

When you are grateful for the things in your life, even it is something as simple as a beautiful sunset, it gives you more self-esteem. This means that you will be more confident and less worried about comparing yourself to others.

3. Thankfulness makes you a more positive person.

People who are thankful are more positive instead of negative. When they see a glass with water in it, they say the glass is half full. Negative people will see that same glass of water and say it is half empty. We want to be thankful for the water that is there, not worry about the water that isn't!

4. It just makes me happy.

Being thankful helps you to think more about other people's feelings...this is empathy (being able to see things from another person's view). Being thankful also helps you get through life's tough allows you to call to mind the good things in your life. Being grateful just makes you happy and being happy can help keep your mind and body healthy.

Be thankful and share your gratitude with hugs!

Prepared by Tricia Slipacoff. Tricia is co-owner of Northern Star Yoga & Pilates in Sarnia, ON, Canada. She has been teaching Pilates for 12 years.