Want to be happier, healthier?

It turns out, giving thanks is good for your health! According to the Wall Street Journal, adults who frequently feel grateful have more energy, more optimism, more social connections and more happiness than those who do not. They’re also less likely to be depressed, envious, greedy or alcoholics. They earn more money, sleep more soundly, exercise more regularly and have greater resistance to viral infections.

Now researchers are finding that gratitude brings similar benefits to children and adolescents. Kids who feel and act grateful tend to be less materialistic, get better grades, set higher goals, complain of fewer headaches and stomach aches and feel more satisfied with their friends, families, and schools than those who don’t.

Studies show that using negative, derogatory words-even as you talk to yourself-can darken your mood. Fill your head with positive thoughts, express thanks and encouragement aloud and look for something to be grateful for, not criticize in those around you-especially loved ones.

We are all so busy- let’s not be so overloaded that we miss all the good. Count your blessings-name them.

Take care. Live each day. Brenda and Maggie