South Central WI Archive
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. Image 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, Dr. Steve Puckette encourages us to think thoughtfully about what our food choices really mean to us and to eat wisely for our total health. Barry Kerr educates us about soul-based astrology, and how it can help those of us seeking healing or clarity. Michelle Buchanan explains how traditional Chinese medicine can safely address some of our children’s common health concerns. 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

 


 

1. “Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude,” The Greater Good Science Center at the University of Berkeley, http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/expandinggratitude.

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