Northeast Wisconsin
November 2013

November 2013

A call for grateful living

Many American adults consider Thanksgiving to be their favorite holiday. While Christmas — or the Christmas season, really — is a festive, nostalgic celebration, let’s be honest, it’s A LOT of work! Thanksgiving, on the other hand, is a day that’s good for the soul. If we are fortunate, we may be able to take a break from our hectic lives, gather with family members, share a meal with loved ones and give (not gifts, but) thanks.

Many of us may not be aware of just what a powerful emotion gratitude really is. It may be surprising for some to learn that those who practice gratitude as a way of life feel better about themselves, are more optimistic about the future and … improve their health! In fact, scientists are finding that these “grateful” individuals consistently report many health benefits, including:

  • Stronger immune systems.
  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Higher levels of positive emotions.
  • More joy, optimism and happiness.
  • Feeling less lonely and isolated.1

Now that’s power! Let’s take this as motivation to think and feel gratefully every day, not just on Thanksgiving Day. Imagine what could happen …

I am grateful for all of our wonderful advertisers who submit articles to educate their communities about more options for living healthy lifestyles. In this issue, Amy Skiver offers us five quick tips to stop stress from running our lives. Kara Phernetton shares interesting new research findings about the vagus nerve, and explains how massage can help those of us with a low vagal response have more feelings of compassion and well-being. Nancy Schneider-Dunbar encourages us to expand our definition of financial freedom and to recognize that it’s more about our attitudes toward money than the amount we have. And, there’s much more, so please read on!

Best wishes for a Thanksgiving Day that’s good for your soul. Challenge yourself to keep the gratitude of the day flowing in your life so you, too, can reap the benefits!

In health and happiness,

Jackie

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