Happy Thanksgiving! Love a holiday that’s geared toward noticing the goodness in our lives.
But, alas, it’s also about eating.
Before you freak over the cream in the mashed potatoes and sugar in the pumpkin pie, here’s a little-known fact about gratitude the makes it even more awesome — it helps us with self-control and that can help us lose weight and even make smarter money decisions.
According to researchers at Northeastern University, gratitude reduces the impatience that can cause us to make poor choices a la eating two servings of potatoes (because we are hungry in the moment) when one works just as well.
When we practice gratitude we tend to slow down, become more patient and less selfish. All that helps us make better decisions, so that we are less likely to make an impulse buy or serve up on too many sides, too soon.
How to Practice Gratitude
Put your practice in place now with these three tips:
1. Name three things you are grateful for – go small if you have to — the breath in your body, fresh water to drink, the home that you live in, the device you are reading this on.
2. Feel the emotion of appreciation and gratitude for those three things.
3. Then consider the cause of them.
See that? Gratitude practice is easy-peasy and you don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to give it a go. Do this daily, all year round, and not only will life feel just a little easier, but you might just make it through the holiday meal without needing to loosen your belt.
**portions of this post appeared previously in Imperfect Spirituality