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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.

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 !


Out of the mouth of babes…

You really gotta check out this video:

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That was Mary Margaret of Corinth Baptist Church telling the story of Jonah from the Bible.  In her conclusion (at 8:05 in the video) in her words, God says, “My love is great.”  “And it is for all my creatures.”

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