Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Be Grateful! It's Good for You

From the messy desk of Paul Levine...

Well, it's Christmas Eve...unless you're in Australia where it's already next Friday.

Here's a health tip for the New Year.

Expressing gratitude to others is good for YOU.  In other words, there is a perfectly good, selfish reason to be grateful to others.  This makes me more grateful, just thinking about it.

All this heavy thinking comes from "Gratitude Works! A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity" by Robert Emmons.
Let me be the first to say that I'm not wild about self-help books in general or phrases like "emotional prosperity" in particular.  But this sounds good.  You can buy the book or read an excellent summary in The Miami Herald today.
Here are the high points about gratitude:
1. It's a mood booster.
2. It's a relationship-strengthener.
3. It enables you to bounce back from setbacks.
4. It's good for your grades.
5. It's a depression fighter.
6.  It helps you achieve your goals.
7. It elevates your social standing.
8. It cures the common cold.
Okay, I made the last one up.  But the others sound just about right.  So, in this holiday season, I'm grateful for my family and friends and everybody reading this little post.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


  1. from Jacqueline ... and with much gratitude to you, Paul, and for your wonderful wit, o fellow naked author - thank you,thank you, thank you! Have a great Christmas Day - and here's a wish for peace and goodwill to all. There, my grades feel better already.

  2. I'm with Our J. Here's some grateful back at chew. Merry. Happy.