Giving Thanks: Good and Good for You

By Maia Szalavitz 11/22/12

Science counts the health benefits of counting your blessings.

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Although gratitude is nominally central to Thanksgiving, for many folks, the focus is more on food, football and defusing or at least deflecting family feuds.  Being truly thankful, however, is strongly linked with both mental and physical health—and cultivating it can help relieve stress, depression, addictions and other afflictions.

Many of us may critique AA from time to time, but the gratitude list, and the emphasis on counting your blessings, is powerful and important medicine.

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Maia Szalavitz is an author and journalist working at the intersection of brain, culture and behavior.  She has reported for Time magazine online, and is the co-author, with Bruce Perry, of Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential—and Endangered, and author of Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids. You can find her on Linkedin and  Twitter.

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