Experts say expressing gratitude can improve mental health

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Source: The Neuroscience of Gratitude and How it Affects Anxiety and Grief, by Madhuleena Roy Chowdhury

Expressing gratitude over the Thanksgiving holiday can actually benefit your mental health.

An online search can help you find numerous articles tied to thankfulness and good mental health. Pawnee Mental Health Executive Director Robbin Cole says one article she found, breaks down in simple terms how having a positive attitude can benefit most people.

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Cole, who joined KMAN’s In Focus on Nov. 18, says it also has a positive impact on your sleep cycle and anxiety in addition to other benefits.

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The article is titled The Neuroscience of Gratitude and How it Affects Anxiety and Grief. It’s available to read at PositivePsychology.com.

Another article Cole says she found inspiring was penned by Behavioral Health Expert Allie Depoy with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

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Cole says it’s also been proven that expressing gratitude can also improve social bonds as well as one’s physical health.

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To read more on ways to express gratitude to improve your own mental health, visit nationwidechildren.org.

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KMAN News Director and host of In Focus. Contact Brandon at Brandon@1350KMAN.com

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