Why Gratitude Makes Us Healthier

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November 7, 2011

As the holidays near, people are trying harder than ever to rid themselves of negativity and remember what's truly important in life. While we know that being grateful is important, do we know why it makes us healthier?

Author Ocean Robbins explained in an article for AOL, "Recent studies have concluded that the expression of gratitude can have profound and positive effects on our health, our moods and even the survival of our marriages."

Studies have shown that people who remind themselves daily of what they are grateful for have fewer health problems, are able to offer more emotional support to others (indicating increased goodwill towards others), and even practice a healthier lifestyle, on average, exercising 1.5 hours more a week than their negative counterparts.

While keeping a positive mindset is sometimes easier said than done, there are a few simple things that you can do to get started. Read on for three tips that will help you have a happier, more fulfilling life.

Emily Keck, ChaCha Health