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Health Benefits of Being Thankful

Posted by USFHP on Dec 29, 2021 3:38:07 PM

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As we get ready for the new year, it is the perfect opportunity to reflect and express our gratitude for everything we have. Being thankful is important, but did you know it can also promote overall wellness? By having gratitude, people can cherish the good things in life, become healthier (mentally and physically), foster strong relationships, and overcome obstacles.

Gratitude is associated with a greater sense of wellbeing. A simple "thank you" and check-in with someone you love goes a long way, and helps you to have better relationships with those you care about. Showing loved ones you appreciate them makes them feel important. It also makes you feel great as well. 

When you are grateful, you are happy, and happiness works wonders for the mind and body. Having gratitude for something as simple as a sunrise view will make you more confident. Being thankful enables positive emotions and will make one less worried about comparing oneself to others. Gratitude is contagious and will encourage others to do the same. Gratitude also makes it easier to face life's challenges because you can easily remind yourself of all the good things in life. 

There are many reasons to feel thankful. Whether it’s big or small, sometimes we just need to take a step back to appreciate what they are.

Speak with a trusted healthcare provider for more personalized recommendations and get referred to a behavioral health provider if negative feelings continue. USFHP provides behavioral health benefits with access to one-hour outpatient therapy up to twice a week. 

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  • Quick and easy specialty referrals
  • Same-day urgent care appointments
  • An extensive network of providers and facilities close to home
  • Zero to low-cost eyeglasses, preventive dental services, or gym membership


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Topics: Health, new year