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5 Ways Eliminating Stress Can Improve Your Health

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By    |   Friday, 22 November 2019 10:49 AM

'Tis the season to be giving joyful thanks for our abundance, but according to statistics, more Americans are suffering from negative emotions than folks even in less affluent and progressive countries. According to a Gallup 2019 Global Emotions Report, Americans are among the most stressed people in the world. They reported feeling stress, worry, and anger at the highest levels in a decade.

"It's a growing problem in our society and one that could be alleviated by cultivating gratitude," Dr. Harold Koenig, M.D., a professor of psychiatry at Duke University and the director of Duke's Center for the Study of Religion, Spirituality and Health tells Newsmax. "Instead of complaining about what we don't have, we should be focusing on the positive and this shift will help us mentally, emotionally, and physically."

As it says in the Bible, Proverbs 17:22, "a joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."

"By keeping a gratitude diary and writing down the things you are grateful for twice daily, in two weeks you will see a positive change in your life," says Koenig.

Here are some scientific ways an attitude of gratitude can turn your life around:

  1. Better physical health. According to Psychology Today, people who are grateful in their lives have fewer aches and pains and feel healthier than those who pursue negative thinking. Research shows that those who think positively take better care of their health, exercise more, and make sure they get regular medical checkups. Research shows that practicing gratitude can help lower blood pressure and build stronger immune systems.
  2. Improved psychological health. Robert Emmons, PhD., a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis has often been called the "guru of gratitude." He has conducted numerous studies that show people who practice gratitude consistently have higher levels of positive emotions, are more alert, alive, and awake, and have more joy and pleasure in life.
  3. Greater social networking. "The social benefits are especially significant because, after all, gratitude is a social emotion," says Emmons. "I see it as a relationship-strengthening emotion because it requires us to see how we've been supported and affirmed by other people." People who practice gratitude tend to be more forgiving, generous, and compassionate and have stronger relationships with others.
  4. Fewer negative and toxic emotions. Feelings of envy, resentment, and regret are emotions that erode our happiness. "Instead of comparing yourself upward and focusing on the things you don't have, gratitude helps us look down and count our blessings noticing all the folks that are not as well off as we are," notes Koenig. "This encourages generosity and compassion." Scientific evidence shows that gratitude can reduce the frequency and duration of episodes of depression, says Emmons.
  5. Less stress. Emmons says that numerous studies have indicated that people who have a grateful disposition are more resilient in the face of serious trauma, adversity, and suffering. "I believe gratitude gives people a perspective from which they can interpret negative life events and help them guard against post-traumatic stress and lasting anxiety."

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