The Healthy Value of an Attitude of Gratitude

Dave_TrainerSince Thanksgiving is in the air, it’s a wonderful time to synchronize with the holiday and discuss the importance of gratitude for health. I realize this article is not about the newest fitness gig to hit the market or the latest diet tip to optimize well-being.  Instead, it’s about a universal concept related to human happiness and health – gratitude.

When it comes to sharing the importance of gratitude, I sought research that substantiates it’s value to humanity.  The best research I could find in support of gratitude’s beneficial effects was provided by Dr. Robert A. Emmons.  Dr. Emmons is the world’s leading expert on the psychology of gratitude.  He is also the editor and chief of the Journal of Positive Psychology and author of a book I recently read called Thanks!.


After reading his book, Thanks!, I felt that the concept of gratitude is more than just a concept we talk about on Thanksgiving.
Gratitude has far reaching benefits for human health and happiness around the globe.

In a nutshell, here’s a few things that I learned from research:

From: Thanks – How the Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier

1. People who regularly practice grateful thinking can increase their “set point” for happiness by as much as 25%!

2. Increases in happiness can be sustained over a period of months–challenging the previously held notion that our set-points for happiness are frozen at birth.

3. Keeping a gratitude journal for as little as three weeks can result in better sleep and more energy.

While it’s one thing to “know about” the value of gratitude, it’s another to “know” it from practice and experience.

Put it to Practice

So, to prove the value to gratitude to yourself, try writing down (not just thinking about) 10 aspects of your life that you are grateful for and see how you feel when you’re done.

And if you want to take the gratitude you feel into action, share your gratitude with a friend, spouse, child, relative, neighbor, co-worker etc. to show them how much you appreciate them.

Thanks for Reading.  Spread the Gratitude.  Share this with Others.  

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About Dave Barnas, M.S., CES, NASM-CPT

Dave is the true health guy. He is the founder and owner of True Health Unlimited, LLC, a personal health and fitness company in Tolland, CT & Wellness Writers, a subscription wellness newsletter service that incorporates live & virtual wellness workshops for companies across New England. Dave earned both a Bachelor's (1998) and Master's Degree (2000) in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, and also holds certifications as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Instructor, and Nutrition Specialist. He's also the lead author for four published works. Dave has over 20 years of combined experience in nutrition counseling, dietary supplement advising, personal training, corrective exercise training, health coaching and public speaking. In addition, he's spent over 25 years studying spirituality, meditation, and personal growth strategies. Dave's clients are all ages: youth, college championship level athletes, folks in their retired years, and everywhere in between. He's worked with three of the nation's leading physicians as a dietary supplement advisor and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Yale University, UConn, St. Joseph College and various church groups, health clubs, and high schools. In 2013, he was invited to Whole Foods Market to share his Real Food Therapy Guide. And in 2015, Dave's funny "Snowga" (yoga in the snow) video caught the attention of The National Weather Channel, who aired it to shake off cabin fever and bring laughter. In 2016, Dave & Hollie (his wife) founded Wellness Writers and deliver evidence-based Wellness E-newsletters to spread a message of health and happiness to various businesses throughout the US. Dave currently serves as a personal trainer in Tolland as well as a wellness coach and writer for several businesses, gyms and wellness facilities throughout the US.

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