Recently, I encountered a conversation with an older gentlemen; he was working at a local drug store.  I asked him if he was having a good day.  He replied he would rather be fishing. Which I said, maybe tomorrow.  He went on to say, he cannot afford to go anymore.  In fact, he said he use to own a business and had everything.  Now, he says he has nothing.  As I left from the store, I wished him good luck and maybe things would turn around.  Unfortunately, with his present state of mind, he will stay right where he is.  Sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees.  So to be grateful for anything is hard when we only see what is wrong or what we can no longer do.

Gratitude goes hand in hand with fitness.  Numerous studies have been done to show the impact gratitude has on us psychologically and physically.  Appreciating what you already have, no matter how great or small may be the secret to a happier, healthier life.  In fact, a study done by the University of California-Davis in 2007 showed a direct correlation of gratitude and life satisfaction.  Those who were grateful had increased life satisfaction.  The simple act of writing a letter of gratitude to someone who has touched their life in some way, left them with a more positive outlook on life.  One of my wonderful clients, wrote me a letter that I received on a day that I was not feeling  particularly positive.  In his letter, he said that he was grateful for my classes and what they had done for him.  Wow, it totally turned my day around and I realized how lucky I am to be in this profession. I keep that letter in a special place and often times I take it out to reread it.  It brightens my day.

Relationships can be strengthened by focusing on what is right instead of what is wrong with your partner.  To feel more connected in your relationship, focus on the positive gestures your partner makes.  This will help to strengthen your bond.

Numerous studies have been done to show the relationship of mental health and being grateful.  Despite life challenges you may be facing, taking the time to journal what you are grateful for can help increase energy levels and boost a more positive outlook.

The research shows us that a better quality of sleep is had by those that are grateful.  Just the mere act of saying a few things out loud that you are grateful for might improve the quality of sleep.

Finally being grateful allows you to be positive in all aspects of your life including fitness.  Those that are grateful seem to be motivated to workout and enjoy it.  Hence, feeling grateful goes hand in hand with fitness.

Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on what you are grateful for and maybe set the tone for a more positive outlook going forward.  I am grateful for all of you and wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.

For more information about fitness, please contact Kay Colgan, Middleburg Pilates and Personal Training, 14 S. Madison Street, Middleburg, Virginia or call 540-687-6995.

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