Thanksgiving isn’t typically thought of as a healthy holiday, but the research on gratitude proves otherwise. Turns out that practicing gratitude—the whole point of turkey day—is a mega boost for your mind-body health.
Here are some of the health benefits of being thankful, and how to make them part of your celebration.
Gratitude can help:
When you show your gratitude by doing something nice for someone else, you’re not just making them happy—you’re making yourself happy, too! And Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to do nice things by chipping in. Tables need to be set, food needs to be prepared, dishes need to be washed. The list of ways to get happy is endless!
Research shows that practicing gratitude helps improve relationships. This is especially important during the holidays, when spending time with family can be tricky for some. One big way to improve your relationship is by putting your phone down when you’re together. Not being distracted by the pings and buzzes will help you focus on those around you, showing them you truly care.
Research shows that practicing gratitude increases impulse control. This year, before you load up your plate, ask everyone around the table to say one thing they are grateful for. It’s an easy way to bring the group together, hear what’s close to the hearts of your nearest and dearest, and may even help to inspire a little mindful eating.