My US colleagues have been blogging about gratitude and health for the Thanksgiving holiday, and below is a compilation of excerpts. If you want to help your health by immersion in “the gratitude attitude” click on all of them and read to your heart’s content!
Ken Girard in Massachusetts – Thanksgiving and the Obvious–Gratitude.
About 10 or so years ago I began feeling pretty depressed about some aspects of my professional career.
Things just weren’t going well. And then on top of that, I came down with the flu. I was feeling pretty miserable.
While sitting on the sofa one afternoon, trying to gain some peace about things, I suddenly realized that I could feel gratitude…
Eric Nelson in Northern California – Healthy Thanksgiving: Counting Blessings, Not Calories.
Gratitude is extolled by every religion on earth as an essential virtue. Cicero, the renowned Roman orator, called it “not only the greatest of the virtues but the parent of all others.” Only recently, however, have medical researchers begun delving into the impact gratitude has on our mental and physical health.
One of the leaders in this field is U.C. Davis psychologist Robert Emmons, editor-in-chief ofThe Journal of Positive Psychology and author of the book Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier.”
Considered a pioneer in the field of “positive psychology” — a discipline that focuses less on illness and emotional problems and more on health-inducing behavior — Emmons makes a convincing case for the upside of maintaining a thankful attitude…
Bill Scott in Washington – Just in Time for Thanksgiving: The Health Benefits of Gratitude
Physicians at universities throughout the country are uncovering the health benefits of having a grateful outlook on life. Seattlepi.com recently published an insightful blog post titled, “The Key to Wellness? It’s Gratitude, One Doctor Says.” The article notes, “cultivating a spirit of gratitude is the foundational secret to health.”
In my experience, I’ve also found it’s never too late to be thankful…
I think one of the most inspiring accounts of giving thanks is John Kralik’s book 365 Thank Yous. At a low point in his life, Kralik began sending a thank-you card every day for an entire year. After he had sent his first cards, his life began to turn around. As he began to take note of all that he had to be thankful for, more came his way. His financial situation improved, he lost 40 pounds, he gained true friends and a sense of inner peace…
And last, but not least, some “spiritual pie” from my colleague Keith Womack in Texas sharing what he has found out about gratitude:
– Gratitude brings the magnitude of God’s majesty and order into our lives. We live to express God.
– Circumstances and opportunities do not create gratitude. Gratitude creates circumstances and opportunities.
– Gratitude and pain are incompatible.
Wishing all my American friends – and all readers – a Happy Thanksgiving full of heartfelt, health-giving gratitude!