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editor’s desk

One of the most encouraging aspects of

health is that much of it boils down to simple choices.

In spite of genetic and accidental circumstances, life

is a series of choices. The wonderful news is gratitude

is a simple choice that can be made by anyone. The

results are proven and remarkable.

Studies have shown that choosing to be grateful

results in reduction of stress and an improvement

of the immune system. A society of grateful people means a lowering of

healthcare costs, a more productive environment, and a better and more

pleasant way to live for all.

So why do people choose ungratefulness. First of all, most don’t con-

sider it a choice. Most believe that they are subject to their own minds and

bodies rather than the master of their own thoughts. However, ingratitude

usually comes from a spirit of pride. The humble are grateful. When we

choose humility, gratefulness is a natural fruit.

Also, externally we are bombarded with images intended to incite in-

gratitude. Politicians want to get elected. They will try to convince us of

why we need them to be happy. Businesses will hope to convince us our

happiness will come through them. But mostly, we can surround ourselves

with ungrateful speech. Morose doom and gloom talk is contagious. But,

so is pleasant uplifting talk. Be aware.

Gratitude offers many benefits such as better sleep, more attractive-

ness, more creativity, confidence, better energy, better emotional well-

being, and improved relaxation. Overall, gratitude leads to better health

and well-being.

So how can we lead our patients to gratitude for improved health? It

begins with a discussion. Some other ideas to consider are:

Smith Hartley

Chief Editor

• Create a journal. List 5 things to be thank-

ful for every day.

• Be aware that gratitude is a state of mind. It’s

a choice. Pain is many times not a choice. But

misery and gratitude are a choice.

• Look at the external environment. Identify

images intended to create dissatisfaction and

understand the motive. Don’t follow the crowd.

• Look at your thought processes. Explore im-

proving your thought patterns.

• Be part of the solution and not the problem.

Don’t be so anxious to create misery in the world.

Extend kindness when it doesn’t seem natural.

You may change the world for the good.

• Don’t expect everybody to be on board. Some

people enjoy being in a state of misery. They may

come around to a different decision later.

• Finally, lighten up the perspective. We’ll prob-

ably be okay.

I hope this thought helps someone.

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Unless they’ve been blessed with a mighty metabolism, wondrous willpower, or endless energy, the

average person, at some point in his/her life has witnessed the sneaky accumulation of unwanted

pounds. The seemingly endless quest to eliminate excess weight (preferably with as little effort

possible) has led to a long tradition of diet plans and methods. From the fairly sensible to the

supremely silly, these fad diets have mostly come and gone, but a few have really pulled their weight.

Please enjoy our fat free, sugar free, gluten free, low-carb listing.


Gratitude is powerful for good health.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have

into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance,

chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast,

a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.


melody beattie