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Having a positive outlook is an important part of living a healthier life. In an experimental comparison, those who kept gratitude journals on a weekly basis exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole, and were more optimistic about the upcoming week compared to those who recorded hassles or neutral life events. (Emmons & McCullough, 2003)

A related benefit was observed in the realm of personal goal attainment: Participants who kept gratitude lists were more likely to have made progress toward important personal goals (academic, interpersonal and health-based) over a two-month period compared with subjects in the other experimental conditions.

Our hormones also affect our moods, and recent research has shown that improving Vitamin D deficiency substantially improves the condition of clinically depressed patients. Our hormones and the nourishment from the food we consume as well as proper supplementation and exercise all work to affect our sleep patterns, which also affects our mental and physical health. Your mental health and attitude are just as important, if not more so, than your physical health.

Learn more about how the mind and spirit affect your health by reading our blog for thoughts on how to continually improve your mind and spirit or with a health coach

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