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Gratitude in Motion

Blog post written by,

Yaneth Beltran, RD/LDN, CEDRD

and Ara Mascarenas, M.S

Registered Intern for Mental health Counselor Licensure

We often hear the importance of gratitude and how important it is to express it. However, we often don’t talk about what gratitude means and why it’s important.

Gratitude is a positive emotion that focuses on the present moment, being thankful, and appreciating what we have. Some ways in which people can practice gratitude are by journaling, meditating, and expressing thanks to those around them.

Gratitude is also a practice that has been effective in alleviating symptoms such as sleeping issues, excessive worry, feeling restless, lack of concentration, and many more. Research also suggests that grateful individuals experience better physical health including more flexibility, lower blood pressure, and improved immune function (Hill, P. L., Allemand, M., & Roberts, B. W. (2013).

Home for Balance invites you to participate in our Gratitude in Motion initiative this month to commemorate the practice of being grateful for what our bodies do for us. We encourage you to reflect on your own gratitude practice in relation to your body and movement. Gratitude in Motion is bringing individuals together to share what they are grateful for and what movement means to them.

We wanted to extend a special thank you to all the individuals who participated in our project. Each of them is committed to redefining movement and going beyond the typical definition of what it means to be active. Come check out our initiative through our Instagram page @home_for_balance. Below is a PDF with the images and messages our participants contributed. Let us know your thoughts!

Hill, P. L., Allemand, M., & Roberts, B. W. (2013). Examining the pathways between gratitude and self-rated physical health across adulthood. Personality and Individual Differences, 54(1), 92–96.

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