November 22, 2017

Positivity: Thanksgiving: Gratitude At Home And At Work May Lead To A Longer, Happier Life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

Via Forbes in 2016, during the runup to Thanksgiving, in what is now officially a BizzyBlog tradition:

November 20, 2016

I love this holiday! It’s inclusive, family-oriented, and a time to get over ourselves and give thanks. “Thanks” should not be a once-a-year practice; it should be something incorporated into your language, actions, and deeds all year long.

Gratitude can be taught and we can live it by example. It’s even healthy for us and may counterbalance the damaging health effects of our overindulgence all year long, especially at Thanksgiving. I’m being facetious, but if we can extend the “thankful” part of our lives beyond “turkey day.” We may be happier, less stressed, and around to see many more turkey days with our loved ones.

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WebMD has reported on the findings from Robert Emmons, University of California Davis Psychology Professor, who said, “Throughout history, philosophers and religious leaders have extolled gratitude as a virtue integral to health and well-being. Now, through a recent movement called positive psychology, mental health professionals are taking a close look at how virtues such as gratitude can benefit our health. And they are reaping positive results… Grateful people take better care of themselves and engage in more protective health behaviors like regular exercise, a healthy diet, [and] regular physical examinations.”

Without beating this assumption to death, lack of “gratitude” can lead to creating stress; anxiety can be evidenced at work by reduced productivity, safety concerns, poor morale, and absenteeism. This is not a new phenomenon. Circadian, in a 2005 study called, “Absenteeism: The Bottom-Line Killer,” reported that as early as the beginning of this Century, absenteeism carries with it high financial impact. “Unscheduled absenteeism is a chronic problem for U.S. employers, conservatively costing $3,600 per hourly employee per year and $2,650 per salaried employee per year.”

Gratitude research is suggesting that feelings of thankfulness have a positive value in helping people cope with daily stressors at home and at work. We know that stress can make us sick, really sick. Stress is linked with heart disease and cancer. Think about it. If you are grateful, you are probably more optimistic and that is a “… characteristic that researchers say boosts the immune system.” A report from The University of Queensland in Australia also supports the findings that, “A positive attitude can improve your immune system and may help you live longer.” …

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