For Health: Gratitude with the Heart, Lips and Action

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If it is true that gratitude is good for health, then wouldn’t it be beneficial to actively be grateful on a consistent basis?

In a study looking at a conscious focus on blessings, subjects expressing gratitude experienced a 25% increase in happiness and, get this: those with chronic health problems experienced better sleep.

There are many ways to express gratitude, but its expression, while important, is just that – an expression – an expression of a sincere feeling that starts in the heart.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”¹ ~John F. Kennedy

In the century before JFK shared this wisdom, Mary Baker Eddy, a pioneer in spirituality and health, shared the same sentiment: “Gratitude is much more than a verbal expression of thanks. Action expresses more gratitude than speech.“²

It seems pretty simple really – intuitive even.

The Bible (1Thessalonians 5:18) speaks to this in very simple terms:

In every thing give thanks.

May you have much to be grateful for, including good health!


¹ Presidential Proclamation, Thanksgiving Day, 1963
² Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, page 3.
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