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Gratitude: The ABC’s of Health

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gratitude |ˈgratəˌt(y)o͞od| noun the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness: she expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support.

The mere conscious connection of engaging in gratitude changes your body at the cellular level. It increases the HAPPY hormone (serotonin), reduces cortisol and negative thoughts and leaves you feeling more ready to take on the day! START & END EACH DAY WITH #Gratitude.


1. Gratitude makes us happier.

A five-minute a day gratitude journal can increase your long-term well-being by more than 10 percent. That’s the same impact as doubling your income!

How can a free five minute activity compare? Gratitude improves our health, relationships, emotions, personality, and career.


2. Gratitude makes people like us.

Gratitude generates social capital – in two studies with 243 total participants, those who were 10% more grateful than average had 17.5% more social capital.b1

Gratitude makes us nicer, more trusting, more social, and more appreciative. As a result, it helps us make more friends, deepen our existing relationships, and improve our marriage.

3. Gratitude makes us healthier.

Check it out:

16% fewer physical symptoms

19% more time spent exercising

10% less physical pain

8% more sleep

25% increased in sleep quality


There is even reason to believe gratitude can extend your lifespan by a few months or even years.f2,f3,f4

4. Gratitude boosts our career.

Gratitude makes you a more effective manager, helps you network, increases your decision making capabilities, increases your productivity, and helps you get mentors and proteges. As a result, gratitude helps you achieve your career goals, as well as making your workplace a more friendly and enjoyable place to be.

I’m not suggesting that criticism and self-focus don’t have a place in the workplace, but I think we’re overdoing it.

65% of Americans didn’t receive recognition in the workplace last year.

5. Gratitude strengthens our emotions.

Gratitude reduces feelings of envy, makes our memories happier, lets us experience good feelings, and helps us bounce back from stress.

Enjoy the little ABC Gratitude Checklist below.
1. Fill out a new Gratitude each morning for 26 days. 
2. Add a new one each day until you complete.
3. Each night— re-read your list starting at letter A.
4. Let me know how this helps.
Please share your gratitude list by sending to or
Share your favorite gratitude thoughts on our 17 Minute Fitness Page or private group facebook wall (for one year and VIP members only)  
Becca Tebon

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