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Did you know studies show that this one thing can make you 25% happier? It boosts your immunity to anger, disappointment, and frustration.

It's even been shown to heal pain and illness in your body. It can certainly heal relationships, especially with your beautiful and miraculous body.

That one thing is GRATITUDE, and amazing things happen when you integrate it into your day.

Since I have been mindful in integrating gratitude into my day, I have noticed an overall increase in happiness. I know this can sound a little "woo woo" at first, but we spend a great deal of time focusing on what went wrong in our day over what went right and that negativity has a big impact on our wellness. Being mindful of everything we have to be grateful for can only lead to greater happiness.

Here's a fun exercise to try:

1. Think about five things to be grateful for on this day. It may be the way your dog greets you when you come home from work or that nice person that let you have the parking space in the crowded lot. It could be catching up with an old friend or even seeing the sun on a winter day. Just let the images flow in and notice the feelings they give. If an unwanted image pops in, let it pass like a random car on the road. If it is important, you can think on it later.

2. Now, see the people you are grateful for and express thanks to each of them. 

3. Remind yourself that whatever you focus on expands. When you focus on gratitude and positivity, you will get more of that in return. 

My beautiful sister (for whom I am forever grateful) gave me a gratitude journal when I was going through a trying time in my life. I began writing in it nearly every night about five things I was grateful for that day and it really re-focused me on what is important, how beautiful life is and how much I have to be grateful for. It's now a regular practice that I look forward to because it makes my heart feel very full on a daily basis.

What you appreciate, appreciates.

Be mindful that you will attract more abundance, love, and health by being grateful for your current state in these areas. Your body, your health, and your relationships can only be improved by honoring where they are in this moment.