Thankfulness improves our quality of life

Chaplain (Capt.) L. Clifton Edwards303rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion8th Military Police Brigade8th Theater Sustainment Command I recently took the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Executive Course that includes a performance improvement class based on sports psychology. I learned that athletes can improve their performance by up to 10 percent just by having the right mental attitude. I was surprised to learn that one of the most powerful mental attitudes for improving athletic performance is gratitude. So, I can take the Army Physical Fitness Test and literally improve my score by up to 10 percent just by keeping grateful thoughts in my mind. The instructor added that if athletes refuse to optimize their thinking in this way, then they are just leaving points on the table that they could’ve had.…


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