Could practicing gratitude have health benefits?

November 22, 2018

Her family, her children and her future are just a few things Jackson Township resident Christina Lebron is grateful for. She’s jotting it all down in a gratitude journal.

“I feel that gratitude is emerging as one of the most exciting new fields to come up in medicine,” said Dr. David Leopold, medical director of integrative health and medicine at Hackensack Meridian Health. “I really think that the more we learn about it, the more it will become analogous to things like exercise, nutrition; essentially the health benefits may be endless because it’s changing our physiology, and it’s doing it in a positive way.”

Leopold, who specializes in integrative medicine, encourages all his patients to be mindful and grateful because of the health benefits associated with it.