We all know that practicing sports or other hands on skills like sewing or singing can improve your skill level, but did you realize the same principle applies when you practice gratitude? What the heck does this have to do with homesteading? There’s a biofeedback loop between you mind and your body. The more we can focus on the positive aspects of our lives and create positive emotions, the better our body functions.
Grateful people have also been found to sleep better and be more optimistic, both of which boost the immune system. Dr. Lisa Aspinwall at the University of Utah found that optimistic students maintained higher levels of blood cells that protect the immune system compared to their pessimistic classmates. Healthy mind + healthy body = a more productive day and a happier life. Self-reliance focused or not, that’s something everyone can benefit from, right?