November 20, 2012

Thanks a lot!

By Michael Johnson, Editor

Looking around at the world events can cause a person to really get down about their circumstances – if you focus on the negative. Being effected by a hurricane, fire, extreme drought or the realization that the person you voted for didn’t make it to office can easily make someone forget to be thankful for what they have. Yet every year at this time, we’re reminded to be thankful. It is Thanksgiving, after all. But there’s something more to that being grateful than people think. It turns out there are serious health benefits to leading a longer and better life. Ocean Robbins, a contributor to the Huffington Post, did some research on the neuroscience behind being grateful. He came to this conclusion. “Negative attitudes are bad for you. And gratitude, it turns out, makes you happier and healthier. If you invest in a way of seeing the world that is mean and frustrated, you’re going to get a world that is, well, more mean and frustrating. But if you can find any authentic reason to give thanks, anything that is going right with the world or your life, and put your attention there, then statistics say you’re going to be better off.”



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