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    The Potent Drug – Gratitude

    by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | November 21st, 2022

    The Potent Drug – Gratitude

    When people see a health care practitioner, they often want a prescription for a medication. What would you say if your doctor called in a prescription to your pharmacy named Gratitude? Last year, I talked about how potent that drug was and thought it was worth repeating since Thanksgiving is around the corner.

    Gratitude has so many benefits. Gratitude helps you relax, reduces stress, improves sleep, reduces depression, and encourages exerciseGratitude is good for your health, and it is free.

    To get the full benefit, there must be action behind the Gratitude. Here are some fantastic gratitude exercises:

    1. Get a small notebook and write three things that you are grateful for each evening before you go to bed, and when you awake in the morning, you can review what you have written. Try this for at least 30 days. You should see a difference in yourself in just one week.
    2. Find 2 – 3 people, text each other three things you are grateful for, and do this for 30 days. You cannot repeat. Yes, that would mean you would have found 90 things you are thankful for in your life in one month. This works well with at least three people in the texting group and having an end time in the evening when you cannot text. I would suggest 9:00 PM as that time.
    3. Send out thank you notes to people who have made you who you are today. Your ‘personal’ influencers. The person sending the letter and the person receiving the letter both benefit. Try sending a note once a week for the next four weeks.  
    4. Take a picture of something that you are grateful for each day for the next 30 days. Add it to a special album on your phone titled “gratitude album,” and notice the beauty around you.
    5. Fill up a gratitude jar or vase – Find an empty jar or vase, and each day write down on a piece of paper what you are grateful for and fold the piece of paper and drop it in the jar. Watch the jar fill up.

    There are various ways to express Gratitude. Find what works for you. Not only is expressing Gratitude great for your health, but you will find that it is the love song to your soul.

    May you and all who hold your affection have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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