Trainer’s Tip #8: Count your blessings instead of your hardships.
Not just tomorrow when you carve the turkey, but every day. Too simplistic, you say? Studies show that doing so will improve your level of happiness and your health. They show that people who keep a gratitude journal exercise more regularly, take better care of themselves and are more optimistic about life. Gratitude is a stress-buster and helps the immune system.
When your eyes open in the morning, or before they close at night, write down something you’re grateful for. Or just think it in your head. What do you take for granted? What do you love about yourself? Create positive mantras, and repeat them in your head while you work out. “I’m strong. I’m empowered.”
Try it. You may be grateful you did.