November is the month of being THANKFUL and GRATEFUL.
Living in gratitude is a mindset, an emotion, a deep-churning spring of mental and physical power just waiting to be unleashed. We prioritize diet, exercise and sleep when it comes to our health and fitness, but we should also include gratitude.
We’ve already mentioned the incredible mental benefits of gratitude last year. This year, we introduce the AMAZING PHYSICAL benefits of gratitude.
3 Benefits of Gratitude on Physical Health
Gratitude positively impacts pain, exercise & overall health
Studies have shown that grateful people experience less pain and feel healthier than others. Grateful people are more likely to exercise more and attend their regular check-ups with their doctors. Overall, this care, appreciation and gratitude for their bodies makes grateful people more likely to take care of their overall health.
Gratitude releases oxytocin (yummy feel good hormone)
Putting ourselves in a state of gratitude triggers the calming part of our nervous system. Our nervous system calms down by producing a host of positive physical benefits to the body: decreasing cortisol levels and increasing oxytocin (the love hormone that plays a role in bonding, maternal instincts, enduring friendships, marriage, and orgasms).
Feeling grateful before bed to sleep better & longer
Simply writing in a gratitude journal before bed can improve your sleep. Sleep helps rebuild damaged muscle, damaged tissue, fights inflammation, restores your brain, and consolidates information in your memory. We all know that feeling of a good night’s sleep when we wake up and start our day. Being grateful the night before gives us a better chance at sleeping well and starting the day off right.
Living in gratitude has an incredible impact on our physical and mental condition. Stop yourself and think of all the things to BE GRATEFUL for today, your body (& brain) will thank you for it.
Sonja Stilp, M.D. is a mother, athlete and the founder of RISE. Dr. Stilp is board-certified and fellowship trained with advanced training in regenerative medicine and biohacking. She is the medical director at Golden BioHack. If you’d like to hear more about gratitude and its impact on health schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Stilp at RISE in Golden, Colorado. For your convenience and connection, Dr. Stilp also offers virtual consultations.