What are you thankful for? Taking time to think about the question can actually be good for your health.
“Research suggests that individuals who feel grateful experience lower blood pressure, improved immune functions, recover more quickly from illness, and can more effectively cope with stress,” explains Shilagh Mirgain, PhD, a health psychologist with UW Health (University of Wisconsin).
“Gratitude has one of the strongest links to mental health, more so than even optimism.” And the benefits can be life-long. A sense of gratitude can reduce the lifetime risk for depression, anxiety and even substance abuse disorders.
But, what does it mean to experience gratitude?
“What we’re talking about is the appreciation for what is valuable and meaningful in life,” explains Mirgain. “And the first step is to begin creating an awareness of what you are grateful for in life.”
So, Here are what EC Miami students and teachers are thankful for. Let’s take a look at these lovely moments that were captured on Thanksgiving Day at EC Miami. 🙂
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