Grat­i­tude ‘makes us health­ier’

Lesotho Times - - Health -

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.

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