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Remembering the “thankful TO” part

Here’s a thoughtful piece from Health writer and colleague Eric Nelson of Petaluma, California, writing about what he’s thankful FOR and what he’s thankful TO.

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Thanksgiving: An attitude of gratitude that inspires health

It was a moment that literally stopped me in my tracks.

Eric Nelson
Eric Nelson

As I was walking through San Diego’s Balboa Park — the Spreckels organ pavilion to my back, the Museum of Art to my front — I found myself suddenly overcome by an almost overwhelming rush of gratitude…

Even better than having so many things to be thankful for, however, was having something to be thankful to.

Read the entire article on Communities Digital News here:
Thanksgiving: An attitude of gratitude that inspires health 


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.

The Power of Hope in Healing

A guest post written by Ingrid Peschke, a Christian Science practitioner and a legislative advocate for spiritual healing in Massachusetts. You can also read this post on her weekly syndicated blog, “Health Conscious” at MetroWest Daily News.

Ingrid Peschke (Photo courtesy of Ingrid Peschke)
Ingrid Peschke (Photo courtesy of Ingrid Peschke)


That’s the word  I came away with this past weekend after I took part in a panel discussion on the topic of “Spirit and Healing in the 21st Century” at the Open Spirit Center in Framingham. The motto for the center: “A place of hope, health, and harmony” to address the deeper spiritual yearnings of the wider community.

I joined four local spiritual leaders on the panel, along with two keynote speakers: a clinical psychologist with a specialization in health psychology, and a cancer survivor.

A repeating theme was that spiritual practice is incredibly important, if not vital, to healing. Nancy Gaulin, the psychologist, opened the 3-hour event, speaking from her twelve years of experience in the greater Boston area. She said she spends more time now asking her patients about their spirituality and exploring their beliefs, their morals and values, and even discussing their family upbringing–all contributing factors to health and well-being.

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Nurture yourself with nature’s help

Miami Beach (Photo by Bob Cummings)
Miami Beach from hotel balcony (Photo by Bob Cummings)

“The mental and spiritual renewal you can find in a quiet stroll through an art exhibit or a contemplative hour on a beachside bench are just as important to your health as the many exercise options the bay area offers” writes Bob Clark of Belleair, Florida in The Tampa Bay Times last month.

While on a business trip to Miami this week, I’ve enjoyed quiet moments on my hotel balcony looking out over the water towards Miami Beach. It’s a peaceful setting in which to bask in the warm Florida sunshine, count my blessings, and contemplate my connection with the divine.

Clark recommends a number of places out and about in the Tampa Bay area that are good for “mind, body, and spirit”. Can you think of some places in your area to nurture yourself with nature’s help?

Read Clark’s article here: Get outdoors to nurture yourself with nature’s help


Funny, funny, true story teaches gratitude

Too funny! Today’s post is from my Georgia friend and colleague, Stormy Becker Falso. See assures me that this story is true! And the lesson she learned about gratitude is helpful. Have a very happy Thanksgiving!

Gratitude is sweetest when shared

Sometimes funny situations teach great lessons.

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The day after the day after the day after the day after Thanksgiving

Another Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone.  It’s back to work now.  December is upon us.  The Christmas holiday will be here soon (that’s a good thing).  Sometimes it seems like we move so fast these days.

I thought it would be good to take another look at Thanksgiving!

Linda Ross, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Connecticut

Here’s an article by a colleague of mine, Linda Ross from Connecticut, published online by Creedible.com, entitled “Gratitude Heals”.   She speaks of “Thanksgiving” as a spiritual term found in the Bible 27 times and shares how thanksgiving (thanks giving) can bring healing.  I think you’ll really enjoy it.

Click here to read Linda’s article entitled “Gratitude Heals”.

Thanks Linda!

And to all of you: happy day after the day after the day after the day after Thanksgiving !