With the holidays coming up and passing by quickly, it’s important to give thanks and to be grateful for what you have, and it can be better for your health. People who are thankful tend to have a more positive outlook, as well as get better sleep.

Studies show that individuals who are thankful for things in their life tend to have a more positive outlook. This betterment in attitude leads to better quality sleep, whereas people who are depressed, r have a negative outlook on life, tend to get worse sleep.

Listing things you are thankful for can help you acknowledge them. Writing notes, as well as simply expressing that you are thankful for things in your life, can help you recognize what it is in life that makes you happy and what you appreciate.

“I’m thankful for the people in my life,” Isabella Ayers, a 15 year-old student at Casa Roble High School said. “(They help) me find myself when things get crazy.”

When you are listing things you are grateful for, it may be a good idea to show gratitude towards whatever it is thanked you appreciate. Getting a pat on the back for doing something good, even if it’s small, is rewarding and encouraging.

“I’m thankful for my hearing because without it I wouldn’t be able to hear the wonders of music and spoken word that I’ve come to love,” Katherine Alestra, a 15 year-old student at Visions and Education said. “I was born without an eardrum in my right ear, making me half-deaf. When I turned 4, I got it surgically fixed.”

“I’m thankful for my caring, wonderful friends and family, and my cat Zoe,” Jessica Brazer, an 18 year-old student of San Jose City College said. “They all support me and make me happy just by having them in my lives, and make me feel better even if I’m not feeling too good.”

No matter what time of year it is, it is always a good idea to be thankful for what you have. Not only is it benefiting you, it’s encouraging to the people around you to continue to do good things.