Thanksgiving and health tend to not go hand in hand: The average American consumed 3,000 calories during their big family dinner.
Despite this, there are health benefits that come with the holiday. (And no, we’re not talking about the meager amount of veggies you get from eating Aunt Sue’s green-bean casserole.)
The act of giving thanks is good for our physical and mental health. Gratitude is a habit worth cultivating and practicing not just around Thanksgiving, but all year round.
Here is what the science says about the transformative power of gratitude: