Being thankful is good for your health.

If you’ve found yourself inundated with Facebook statuses from your friends listing all the things they are grateful for, don’t roll your eyes! These guys are on to something and you might just want to get involved. 

Being grateful is not only good practice for keeping a positive attitude but can actually improve your health and life expectancy – not to mention it gets rid of those frown lines!

Scientific evidence has shown that happy people can live up to 10 years longer than unhappy people, and optimists have a 77% lower risk of heart disease than pessimists. 

Being grateful for what you have in your life has been proven to boost self-esteem, ease stress, encourage caring acts and even strengthen relationships. 

So how do you go about using this new health-savvy practice? Here are some suggestions for you ladies: 

  1. Write down all the things you are grateful for in your journal. It’s a good idea to keep this going once a week!
  2. Okay, so maybe keeping a journal is not your cup of tea. While you’re in your car at the end of a long day, make a mental list of the things you are grateful for. 
  3. Develop an attitude of gratitude by turning those negative thoughts into grateful ones. When you catch yourself thinking something bad, think of something that you’re grateful for instead. 
  4. Shake things up! Don’t just limit yourself to making lists for what you’re grateful for, turn it into art, write a poem or sing about it. 
  5. Share your gratitude directly with others. Put it in a letter, tell your family over dinner or chat to your colleagues at work about all the things you are grateful for.

To get you started, check out My Gratitude Journal for Android via The Google Play Store on your Virgin Mobile device.