Gratitude ‘makes us healthier’
LONDON –– If you want to stay healthy, try saying “thank you” more often.
Feeling grateful can improve the health of our hearts, according to a new study.
Researchers found that heart patients who expressed gratitude for the positive things in their life had improved mental, and ultimately physical, health.
the study involved men and women who had been diagnosed with Stage B heart failure.
“We found that those patients who kept gratitude journals for those eight weeks showed reductions in circulating levels of several important inflammatory biomarkers, as well as an increase in heart rate variability while they wrote,” said Professor Mills.
“Improved heart rate variability is considered a measure of reduced cardiac risk.
“It seems that a more grateful heart is indeed a more healthy heart, and that gratitude journaling is an easy way to support cardiac health.”
the research was published in the journal Spirituality in Clinical Practice.
–– Daily Mail.