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Here’s How Gratitude Can Make You A Better Runner

A 'thank you' goes a long way—both for the person hearing it AND the person saying it. Here's another good reason to give thanks today.

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Saying (and hearing!) “thank you” just feels good—but did you know that cultivating gratitude could help you be a better runner? A 2014 study in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology found that staying thankful raised self-esteem, thereby bolstering athletic performance.

Other research has linked gratefulness with improving sleep, mental strength and physical health. Write a note today to let someone you love know how much you appreciate her. A great long-term project: Create a “thankful” note in your smartphone and add to it once every week.