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Health Benefits of Gratitude: 5 Ways Counting Your Blessings Can Improve Your Life

Reader's Digest Logo By Beth Dreher of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 5: In a study from Grant MacEwan University in Alberta, Canada, anxious students slept better when they jotted down a list of things they were thankful for before bed every night for a week than when they didn't do the writing exercise. Study authors hypothesized that thinking about their blessings helped students reduce worry and quiet their minds. Follow these secrets from sleep doctors to help you sleep better.

Gratitude can help you sleep better

Thanksgiving will come and go, but the positive effects of gratitude can last all year.

In a study from Grant MacEwan University in Alberta, Canada, anxious students slept better when they jotted down a list of things they were thankful for before bed every night for a week than when they didn't do the writing exercise. Study authors hypothesized that thinking about their blessings helped students reduce worry and quiet their minds. 

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