Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Can gratitude really improve your health?

More and more studies are finding that gratitude doesn't just make you feel like a better person. It's good for your physical health! According to UCLA professor Robert Emmons, gratitude "can lower blood pressure, improve immune function and facilitate more efficient sleep."

One study from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that people who are more grateful actually had better heart health, specifically less inflammation and healthier heart rhythms. Another study found that gratitude can boost your immune system. Researchers at the universities of Utah and Kentucky observed that stressed-out law students (are there any other kind of law students?) who considered themselves optimistic had more disease-fighting cells in their bodies. Maybe it's time to give gratitude a try? Why not start today?

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