Health and fitness starts with the condition of your heart, but did you know that there is a direct relationship between health, happiness and gratitude? Gratitude has a positive, measurable effect on your happiness and ultimately, your health. A grateful heart is a healthier heart. It can even have a protective effect against heart attacks according to some researchers. Life can be difficult; especially during the holidays. For some, the past few years have been especially challenging, however, personal trials teach us the importance of being optimistic, with the right attitude. Positive emotions can soothe aches of all kinds, improve our thoughts, and increase activity so we develop a better, healthier view of our lives.
Bring gratitude into your life by purposely reflecting on all the things that help you or give you joy. The holidays are a perfect time to express your appreciation to family and friends. Take a heart healthy walk. What better way to express how much you care than with those valuable moments spent with loved ones? Sharing a hobby like gardening [with all of its bending, squatting and lifting] can also be an excellent opportunity to learn, grow and get the much needed physical exercise we need. In doing so, remember to “breathe in” those special quiet moments alone or sharing with those who mean the most to us.
Personal fitness applies to your whole being and proper training always starts with your heart. Keeping an attitude of gratitude throughout any given day becomes a way of life that proves to be less stressful and a more peaceful place to live [in your whole being] ~ mind, body and soul. In this season of giving, sharing the thoughtful, personal gift of life reminds us of the abundance that we often forget we have.