Want more energy, better health? Try doing this and reap the wonderful benefits!

“Name three things that happened today that were good,” my mom said on far more occasions than I can remember. Growing up, it was often her response to a bad day or a teenage funk that showed up along the journey. I remember some days thinking there’s no way I couldn’t possibly come up with three things. But, I always did. I didn’t realize her prompt would foster optimism along with a life-long habit of scanning the day for good. This year I decided I wanted to be more intentional about gratitude. Considering it’s impact, I uncovered five great facts about gratitude: Increased gratitude improves physical health. – In studies, grateful people have reported healthier habits such as exercising more and are reported to take better care of their health. Additionally, grateful people report fewer aches and pains.  Gratitude increases psychological health. – A number of studies have found a link between increased gratitude and decreased depression. Additionally gratitude has been linked to increased happiness. It improves heart health. – An American Journal of Cardiology study in 1995 found a link between appreciation and heart rate. Positive emotions and gratefulness showed it was beneficial in treatment of hypertension. Being grateful can improve your energy levels. –Studies have linked increased gratitude with higher levels of stamina. Over time, being thankful can lead to increased energy. It’s Biblical – That’s right, it’s in the Bible! “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV  Now that you know it’s good for you, how can you nurture a more grateful heart? It takes...