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How Gratitude Can Transform Your Body
Posted By Chris Freytag On November 20, 2013 @ 12:07 pm In Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Personal Growth | 2 Comments
Thinking about Thanksgiving prompted me to write this blog. I saved it to my computer, planning to post it online as soon as I got a chance. Then coincidentally I heard a radio interview with psychologist Robert Emmons, author of a book called Thanks. Emmons has spent years studying positive psychology, and in the interview he pointed out that gratitude  is more than a tool for self-improvement. “Gratitude is a way of life,” he said, noting how being grateful can improve your health  physically as well as mentally.
After listening attentively to the interview, I felt validated in this advice I’d written:
Celebrating our thankfulness once a year as a nation is great, but I believe that being thankful is a habit we should all incorporate into our daily lives. Having gratitude — and focusing on our gratitude — can be a life-altering, healthy practice!
We tend to take care of those things we really appreciate and respect the most, and that should include our bodies. In our society, we are often trained to focus on the things that are wrong with our bodies, or that don’t live up to a fictitious ideal. But what about what is right with our bodies, what our bodies can accomplish, and what works with our bodies? If you can train your mind to focus on the positive things  about your body, your whole attitude, and ultimately your journey towards a healthy and fit lifestyle, can transform.
Here’s a little exercise I share with clients to help adjust their attitude when they are in the mode of constantly cutting themselves down:
You see, whether you are an accomplished athlete or just starting a fitness program , you have things to be thankful for when it comes to your body. It might take some practice for you to start focusing on them, but when you do start looking at your body in a positive light you will start feeling motivated to improve your health and to take care of yourself.
A lot of people actually make it a habit to come up with things they are thankful for every day before bed or upon waking. Just like any other habit, it may be hard to get used to at first, but after a while it becomes a way of life. And being thankful is an important part of life — I remind my kids of this every day.
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 gratitude: http://life.gaiam.com/article/4-ways-express-gratitude-every-day
 how being grateful can improve your health: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/ThinkingPositiveBoostsHealth.html
 focus on the positive things: http://life.gaiam.com/article/positive-thinking-exercises
 things you appreciate about your body: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/RodneyYeeHowYogaCanHelpYouAcceptYourBody.html
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