An easy way for you to feel grateful EVERY DAY.

My brother Rick told me about The Greater Good.  Everyday I click on 6 of the sites.  With every click I remind myself to feel grateful to be living in a free country where I have access to things much of the world does not have.

It’s free and every click counts toward making this a better world.

(plus there are some cool free-trade things to buy that help people around the world)

Click on Greater Good and subscribe to get a daily e-mail reminder to be grateful.  Here are a list of the giving sites.

Research shows that feeling grateful doesn’t just make you feel good. It also helps – literally helps – the heart.

judy's journal
judy’s journal

“A positive mental attitude is good for your heart. It fends off depression, stress and anxiety, which can increase the risk of heart disease, says Paul Mills, a professor of family medicine and public health at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Mills specializes in disease processes and has been researching behavior and heart health for decades. He wondered if the very specific feeling of gratitude made a difference, too.”

“He recruited 186 men and women, average age 66, who already had some damage to their heart, either through years of sustained high blood pressure or as a result of heart attack or even an infection of the heart itself. They each filled out a standard questionnaire to rate how grateful they felt for the people, places or things in their lives.”

“It turned out the more grateful people were, the healthier they were. “They had less depressed mood, slept better and had more energy,” says Mills.”

“And when Mills did blood tests to measure inflammation, the body’s natural response to injury or plaque buildup in the arteries, he found lower levels among those who were grateful — an indication of better heart health.”

“So Mills did a small followup study to look even more closely at gratitude. He tested 40 patients for heart disease and noted biological indications of heart disease such as inflammation and heart rhythm. Then he asked half of the patients to keep a journal most days of the week, and write about two or three things they were grateful for. People wrote about everything, from appreciating children to being grateful for spouses, friends, pets, travel, jobs and even good food.”

“After two months, Mills retested all 40 patients and found health benefits for the patients who wrote in their journals. Inflammation levels were reduced and heart rhythm improved. And when he compared their heart disease risk before and after journal writing, there was a decrease in risk after two months of writing in their journals.”

“Mills isn’t sure exactly how gratitude helps the heart, but he thinks it’s because it reduces stress, a huge factor in heart disease.”

“Taking the time to focus on what you are thankful for,” he says, “letting that sense of gratitude wash over you — this helps us manage and cope.”

“And helps keep our hearts healthy.”

Much is required from those to whom much is given.
–Luke 12:48

He that give should never remember, he that receives should never forget. –The Talmud

10 thoughts on “An easy way for you to feel grateful EVERY DAY.

  1. That’s really cool. Will check out the sites.
    I’m a member of a Facebook group called 3 Good Tings Every Day. We post 3 good things about our day…no matter what. Most of the people have illnesses, or other tragedies in their lives, it can often be a struggle to find the good. But we are all determined to see the good.
    It does help.

    Sorry I’ve been away so long. I’ve been away from everything. It isn’t you, it’s me…and my aching head.
    xo

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    1. Wendy,
      NEVER a need to apologize. First of all it’s a miracle you have the energy and where-with-all to do all you manage to do and secondly I only take it personally if I’m physically assaulted!!
      Blessings sent your way ALWAYS,
      judy

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  2. A great post for the day before Thanksgiving, Judy. Thanks for the timely reminder.
    Many Jews say 100 blessings a day. I used to teach my young students that it took about a blessing every 15 minutes to reach 100, and if we focused our energy on saying blessings, we wouldn’t have the time or need to make hurt in the world. We followed the lesson by crafting paper hamsas with pockets into which the kids tucked a blessing of their choice. At least I helped lower their blood pressure.
    Your journal art is beautiful.

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    1. Shari B-P,
      That’s why so many Jews have such loving hearts.

      Your students were so fortunate to have you as a teacher and friend. It’s my belief, whether they are consciously aware or not, your students eternally hold gratitude in their hearts for you having touched their lives.

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