While we know that eating whole foods and exercising regularly can improve health, did you ever stop to think that practicing gratitude can also lead to better health? Making gratitude a regular habit can lead to lower blood pressure, less anxiety and depression, and fewer addictions, according to emerging research. Wellsource reports that one study showed that people who wrote in a gratitude journal every week tended to exercise more, had fewer physical symptoms of illness, and in general, felt physically and emotionally better compared with those who wrote about other life events. In addition, research published in the journal Heart International suggests that people with heart disease who participate in exercises that focus on positive things – such as gratitude and optimism – may have better health. Read more about the health benefits of gratitude from Wellsource online.