A patient came to me with a particularly bad attitude. So, like most doctors, I gave him a prescription. But it’s not what he expected.
Instead of a pill, I gave him a pen, and told him to start a daily gratitude journal for the next two weeks. Each night before going to sleep, he had to write down five things he was thankful for, then thank God for each item.
At his next visit, he was already feeling and functioning better, and any bad moods he still had went away quicker. I wasn’t surprised. Researchers believe an attitude of gratitude can lead to greater energy, fewer health complaints and a stronger sense of well being.
Try your own gratitude journal. I call it “emotional aspirin.” It may take some effort, but your health, and that of your loved ones, is worth it.
Here are some more of my blogs on this topic:
- The Gratitude Antidote
- Research suggests grateful people are healthier
- Showing Gratitude for Partner’s Generosity Strengthens Bonds
- Giving thanks isn’t just pious or polite. It’s good for you
- A Simple ‘Thank You’ Brings Rewards to All
- People who let go of regrets are happier and more satisfied with life
- Optimism helps heart patients live longer, while pessimism harms
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