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Did you know that practicing gratitude has a positive impact on your brain and body? This month, as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s take a moment to learn about why this simple practice is so beneficial for all of us!  

Gratitude can improve your:

  • Mental Health
    • Many research studies have found that simply keeping a gratitude journal or jotting down 3 things you’re grateful for each day actually rewires your brain to think more positive thoughts and have a better overall attitude about your life.
  • Physical Health
    • Daily gratitude has also been linked to better overall physical health and sleep.
  • Social Bonds
    • This is especially important for our children! Expressing gratitude to others for ways they positively impact our life helps them to feel better and even makes us feel better by helping improve mental and physical health and also creating stronger social bonds and connections to improve relationships.
  • Resilience
    • ​​​​​​​Practicing daily gratitude helps to reinforce positive emotions which helps us to feel more optimistic and leaves us better able to work through the challenges we face.

Aren’t these benefits great?! Simply grab a sheet of paper, journal, or the notes app in your phone and begin listing 3 things you’re grateful for every day. Get the whole family involved for the month of November to see how it can help everyone in the family! In addition, print out this Gratitude Challenge and see how many of these activities you can complete as a family in November to spread gratitude through your family and to others.

Click to download the Gratitude Challenge