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The High Importance of Giving Thanks & 2 Cleanse Recipes

The High Importance of Giving Thanks

Giving thanks can make you happier according to a Harvard study published in August of 2021. Often the holidays are associated with negative emotions such as sadness and anxiety due to seasonal depression or added family pressures, and of course, serious cases of

depression should be dealt with the help of mental health professionals. But

what about people who feel more down than usual this time of year? Research suggests that a fundamental element of the Thanksgiving season can truly improve your mood and overall outlook- giving thanks.

No matter your situation - try to be thankful for the great things and people that you do have in your life every day - it will probably make you happier. Gratitude is an appreciation that an individual has for the goodness in their lives and in positive psychology research, gratitude is very consistently correlated with higher levels of happiness. It can be applied to the past, present and future in the form of optimism. Regardless of your current relationship with gratitude, it’s a practice that can be learned and cultivated.

What does the science say? Psychologists Dr. Robert Emmons from UC Davis and Dr. Michael McCullough from the University of Miami are responsible for much of this research. In one study, participants had to write down a few sentences each week. One group recorded the things they were grateful for that had happened that week and a second group wrote down all of the irritating or negative things that happened to them. The third group was told to write about events that affected them with no emphasis on the events being either negative or positive. 10 weeks later, the group that wrote more about gratitude were more optimistic and positive about their lives. Interestingly, they were also more physically active and had fewer doctors visits than the other groups.

There are many social studies that have examined how thankfulness can improve an individual’s relationships. In one couples study, individuals who made it a point to express gratitude for their partners felt more positive toward the other person and were more secure in expressing concerns. In another social study at the University of Pennsylvania, two groups of fund-raisers were randomly divided into two groups. The first group made phone calls to ask for donations from alumni in the same way they usually did. But the second group received a pep talk from a director who told the fund-raisers how grateful she was for their hard work. After the fundraiser, it was found that employees who received the message of gratitude made 50% more calls than the other group.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/giving-thanks-can-make-you-happier

Gratitude helps people deeply appreciate what they already have, as opposed to constantly looking for new things, people or achievements to stimulate short term positive emotions. Being thankful is a way to focus on what you have, not what you lack, and it’s a mental state that grows stronger with use.

Ginger Cleanser:

1 cup warm water
½ lemon, juiced
1 TB grated fresh ginger
¼ tsp ground cayenne
1 TB grated fresh turmeric
½ ts raw honey

Directions:

1.     Boil water and pour it in a mug or glass.
2.     Squeeze in the lemon juice.
3.     Add the grated fresh ginger and stir. Add any of the optional extra ingredients and stir those in as well.
4.     Drink first thing in the morning for the best results.

 

Cranberry Ginger Smoothie:

Ingredients:

1 cup water or milk substitute
1 ½ ounces baby spinach
2 ounces cranberries (fresh or frozen)
2 pitted dates
1 chopped organic pear
½ inch fresh ginger
3 tablespoons walnuts
1 cup ice

Combine the ingredients in a blender and enjoy!

 

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