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Being Thankful Is Good For Your Health

Thanksgiving is a great time to take stock of all that you have and express gratitude for these things. However, new research is showing that being thankful can positively impact your health in a number of ways, leading us to believe that gratefulness is something we should strive for every day of the year!

6 Ways Being Grateful Is Good For You

Below we’ve compiled a list of six of the biggest health benefits to expressing gratitude:

  • 1.Teen’s Mental Health – Grateful teens are not only happier, but they’re also more helpful and well behaved in school. In addition, grateful teenagers are less likely to become depressed or jealous of their peers.
  • 2.Better Grades – Those kids with higher GPAs have been found to be more grateful for what they have. Grateful teens also have better social lives and more satisfaction with life.
  • 3.Improves Friendships – Everyone wants to feel appreciated. By expressing gratitude to friends and family, you can build more meaningful relationships and strengthen existing ones.
  • 4.Improves Heart Health – Positive emotions, such as feeling thankful, can actually decrease the odds of heart disease and heart attacks.
  • 5.Better Sleeping Habits – It’s been found that people who keep a nightly gratitude journal have much healthier sleeping habits. If you find yourself unable to sleep peacefully, you may want to consider making a list of the things you’re thankful for before heading to bed.
  • 6.More Effective Immune System – Optimistic people have better immune systems and tend to get sick less than pessimists. Being grateful can lead to a much more optimistic outlook on life!

Here at Firestone Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we believe it’s important to instill in your children a grateful attitude for what they have. We have an entitled teen epidemic in this country, and a little bit of thankfulness could go a long way. From all of us in the office, we wish you and your family a healthy and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

For more tips on healthy living, or to make an appointment at our office, please call Firestone Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, located in Firestone, CO. We serve Fredrick, Fort Lupton, Dacono, and beyond. Your best child dentist

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Posted on Nov 17, 2016
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