This Thursday, as we enjoy time with family and the bounty of a good meal, we may also feel called to take a moment to pause and share our thankfulness. Expressing feelings of gratitude not only feels good emotionally, it is also good for your health.

Gratitude: Good for Your Heart and Your Health

Research has shown that feeling and expressing gratitude leads to better mental health, better sleep, less fatigue, and even better cardiac health. This year look for ways to develop a gratitude practice that will extend beyond the holiday season.

Saying thanks is more than a polite way to acknowledge when others demonstrate kindness. Thinking about, and expressing, gratitude positively impacts your overall well-being. According to research published by the American Psychological Association, it leads to better mental health, better sleep, less fatigue, and even better cardiac health.