Q&A: The importance of counting your blessings

Licensed psychologist Gale Hobson talks about the importance of taking a moment to be thankful.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: December 27, 2012
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This is the time of year when families and friends gather to celebrate a variety of holidays.

But it's easy to jump to the negative when ice covers the roads or your flight gets canceled.

Licensed psychologist Gale Hobson, director of Mercy behavioral health, explains the importance of being positive and taking time each day to be thankful for what you have.

Why is it important to take time to be thankful?

People should slow down and count their blessings, Hobson said, in part because research shows it can improve your mental health and the health of people around you.

“We know from research that it really does make a difference,” Hobson said. “That changes the way your brain is processing your thoughts, and that affects your feelings, and therefore you do better.”

It's important to take time for your own mental well-being, even it's for two minutes of the day.

“And then pass that on,” she said.

How does our culture affect how we act during the holidays?

Americans often rush and forget to look around them to appreciate what's good in life, Hobson said.


by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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