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The month December is not only a time to gather with family and friends, but it is also a time of year to reflect and be thankful. Here are 5 reasons why being thankful is good for you.


  1. You will have a healthier heart. A study of 186 men and women with heart damage was conducted in correlation with general gratefulness. The study rated the people’s levels of gratitude and spiritual well-being. Men and women in the study were asked to write down things they were grateful for over an eight week period. After 8 weeks, higher gratitude scores were linked to better sleep, better moods and less inflammation around the heart.
  2. It will help you get more sleep. Simply writing down a few things you are thankful for before bed each night can help with difficulty sleeping. A 2011 study of college students who struggled to fall asleep due to worry and racing thoughts found that those who underwent a gratitude intervention session by spending 15 minutes in the evening writing about a positive event that happened or was anticipated to happen in the future, were able to quiet their minds and sleep better.
  3. It makes you more positive. Being thankful can help create a healthier outlook. In a 2003 study, a study was conducted with three individual groups. One group was instructed to write down what they were grateful for during the week. The second group wrote down their week’s hassles and the third group wrote about neutral things that happened to them. After 2 weeks the results clearly illustrated that the group that recorded their grateful thoughts measured far more optimistic and felt better about themselves.
  4. It helps you make new friends. Having gratitude is a great way to build new relationships. People are more drawn to an individual that is grateful rather than one who is complaining all the time. This is not only good for building friendships and maintaining them but also helpful if in the future in the event that you move or change careers or are simply looking to meet new people.
  5. It improves physical health. In a study of 1,000 Swiss adults published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, researchers found that higher levels of dispositional gratitude were correlated with better overall physical health.

It certainly seems to make sense. Being thankful is putting positive energy into the world, which in turn is a reflection of you. We at iGo Realty are extremely thankful to be able to sell homes to our customers while at the same time be a part of a wonderful community. No matter how you spend your holidays, we wish you Peace, Joy and Love!

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