One of the most valuable choices you can make for your own health is to lead a life of gratefulness.
Early in my adult life I realized that I was a pessimist, tending to see the negative point of view, the glass half empty rather than half full. I was using sarcasm a lot. I decided to become an optimist as it seemed a more pleasant way to live.
Not only is it a more enjoyable life, choosing to see the best in others, to see the beauty all around, and to do what you can for others in an effort to ease their pain or suffering, but it boosts your immunity to live this way. Endorphins are created, those “feel good” hormones that literally help you feel happier, sleep better, and manage stress more effectively. Oxytocin, the “love hormone”, is released when we hug or feel a connection with others, which in concert with endorphins helps you feel more relaxed, safe, and happy.
So, today, give thanks, and tomorrow give thanks, and everyday give thanks. It feels good. It makes a healthier, happier you and a healthier, happier world around you.