Can Being Grateful Make You Healthier?

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Tiffany Moore
VP, Client Partnerships
April 21, 2020

It has been said that being grateful can make you happier.  According to an article published by Harvard Medical School, giving thanks, or being grateful, does, in fact, make you happier. The article claims the reason for this is being grateful helps a person connect to something greater than themselves, which, in turn, provides a sense of comfort that goodness can be found out in the world.  Being grateful is often associated with being happier, but can being grateful make you healthier?

Consider this – people who are healthier, often get more sleep and being grateful can help you sleep longer. While you sleep, your blood pressure goes down, which helps to give your heart a rest after a long day. Having high blood pressure can lead to an increased risk of heart attack or stroke, so reducing your blood pressure daily has concrete health benefits.  A recent study found that people who kept a gratitude journal slept for an average of a half an hour more each night and woke up feeling more refreshed than the group who didn’t keep a gratitude journal. Thirty minutes doesn’t sound like a lot, but 30 minutes a night for a month would result in an extra 15 hours of sleep a month!

Being grateful can also lead to fewer aches and pains. Grateful people also are more likely to exercise, which improves your life expectancy according to Psychology Today. The Mayo Clinic claims that having a daily practice of gratitude can boost your immune system, which is much needed during the winter cold and flu season.

How can you adopt an attitude of gratitude and become healthier at the same time?  Here’s some simple ways to start:

  • Start a gratitude journal and write down your thoughts daily.
  • Put items you are thankful for in a jar.
  • Write a thank you note to someone.
  • Meditate on gratitude.
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TGHR Thanksgiving Traditions

Susie McKenna
November 19, 2018

Thanksgiving means traditions! Approximately, 88% of Americans eat turkey as part of their Thanksgiving dinner, amounting to 46 million turkeys eaten in the US on Thanksgiving.  Here are some favorite traditions from our TGHR family.

Our VP, Client Partnerships Tiffany enjoys sweet potato casserole every year, but she puts brown sugar on top – not marshmallows.  She pairs that up with broccoli casserole and pumpkin cheesecake for the perfect family feast. After eating, it’s time to strategize for Black Friday deals!

You’ll find Account Manager Amber enjoying these apple dumplings on the big day.  There’s a surprise secret ingredient that you’ll never guess.  You can take the girl out of Kentucky but can’t take Kentucky out of the girl!

It’s no surprise that the always active Staffing Specialist, Kate starts her Thanksgiving by running the Drumstick Dash in Broad Ripple with her family and friends.  After the race, she enjoys a mimosa brunch before hosting Thanksgiving dinner.

Greta, our CFO and Co-Owner, is starting a new tradition this year by running the ZGravy Chase in Zionsville with her family.  To keep the healthy vibes going, here’s one of her favorite side dishes to bring to the table to compliment the turkey.  To make this oh-so-pretty Thanksgiving salad, use kitchen shears to cut 1 ½ bags of spring mix salad.  Then dice one orange pepper and one yellow pepper into bite sized chunks.  Roast one cup of pine nuts for two to three minutes (don’t forget to salt the nuts right before placing them in the oven). Grab a glass salad bowl and layer the salad in the following order: Spring mix, peppers, goat cheese, pine nuts. Repeat this pattern until you bowl is full!

The Saturday after Thanksgiving, Staffing Specialist Staci is starting a new tradition.  She will be baking and decorating cookies with the women in her family.  Everyone will bring their recipe and container to take home a sample of everyone’s goodies.  The day includes a fun festival cocktail as well!

We at That’s Good HR hope you day is filled with traditions both new and old!  Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!