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I’ve never been a fan of “should” to do lists.  I think everyone has one in the back of their mind. 

I should exercise more, be thinner, happier,  I should be more… just about anything can apply here.

But here’s an opportunity where should can actually serve you well.

Gratitude is an interesting concept. Studies have shown that if we think in the positive, we can actually change the biochemistry in our brain which makes our bodies relax and gets us out of stress mode. 

Being grateful has also been shown to have some other amazing mental and physical benefits.  Here are just a few with the science behind the theory to back them up:

  1. Gratitude reduces pain and improves overall wellness
  2. It improves the quality of sleep
  3. Increases our desire to exercise
  4. Help us to be more social
  5. Increases overall happiness
  6. It can improve your career by making you a better manager
  7. Improves the quality of our marriage or relationship
  8. Increases work productivity
  9. Changes our perception of life
  10. Helps us to live longer

We, as humans, tend to overcomplicate our lives.  The secret to life is actually pretty simple. 

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As the year ends, take a moment and count your blessings, remembering all that you have to be grateful for.  I can guarantee, even if this has been a tough year, you will find plenty.

I would love to hear at least one thing you feel grateful for, even if it’s just the fact you are still breathing or it’s a beautiful day.  Leave me a note in the comments section and let me know so we can all celebrate life’s little gifts together.

About the Author

Lisa Douthit is the author of Amazon’s #1 bestselling book, Wellness Warrior – Fighting for Life in Fabulous Shoes and an Integrative Health Consultant who is passionate about healing from all perspectives.  After struggling with multiple bouts of cancer and autoimmune disease, no one understands the physical, spiritual, and emotional rollercoaster better than she does. As one of the 40 million American women currently suffering with an autoimmune disease, she made it her mission to have a voice for all those with an invisible illness that cannot, as well as share the understanding of lessons she learned to help us all feel and be better. She has a private Facebook Group called Wellness Warrior Tribe for all those with chronic illness looking for support and encouragement.  For more out of the box thinking that is guaranteed to bring you joy, Like her FaceBook Page Here or join the tribe Here.

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  • Melissa

    Such a lovely post!
    I am grateful to for my family ♡

  • Kathryn @ Fashionably Frank

    Thank you for this post! I’m so grateful for the opportunity to leave my dead-end job in retail and launch my own marketing business at age 21. 2016 is gonna be GREAT!

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