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Take Time to Say Thanks

It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of last-minute assignments as you round out the semester and begin counting down the hours until you’re home for break, but let’s not forget what this break is for—Thanksgiving.

Taking a moment to recognize what you’re thankful for will not only improve your mood, but it can also have significant benefits for your overall health and well-being.

Research has shown that counting your blessings can lead to feeling more optimistic and satisfied, boosting your immune system and reducing anxiety.

So, let’s step back for a second and say thanks for the little things.

Thanks for my family, who will welcome me home this holiday season, despite my three loads of laundry and outright desperation for some home-cooked meals.

Thanks for my roommates, who have seen me at my best, worst and weirdest, and are still willing to go out with me on the weekends.

Thanks for my hair straightener, which helps me cope with the naturally curly, frizzy mess that resides on my head.

Thanks for the weather gods, who have kept the weather pretty bearable this semester in State College… knock on wood.

Thanks for my health, which has held up pretty well so far, excluding a few sniffles here and there.

Thanks for my professor, who cancelled class the day we return from break.

Thanks for Peppermint Mochas. Do I really need to explain that one?

So, collegiettes, what are you thankful for this holiday season? Take a moment to acknowledge what it is in your life that makes you happy—you’ll be thankful you did!

Sources:

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/why-to-be-grateful?cm_mmc=Twitter-_-WomensHealth-_-Content-Health-_-BenefitsofBeingGrateful

http://www.pri.org/stories/health/health-benefits-being-thankful.html

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