Southeast 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, Jill Greinke reminds us about the importance of each of us being in full alignment with our life purpose and identifies seven mistakes we should avoid in order to reach that happiness. Patti Beres cautions us about a potential danger for our pets as the snow starts falling: overexposure to certain ice melts. Wendy Halfpap shares a natural treatment option for plantar fasciitis that those who suffer with the condition may not have considered. 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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