The Healthful Effects of
Gratefulness on
Body, Mind and Spirit

This board is about the POSITIVE and HEALTHFUL effects of
on the Body, the Mind, and the Spirit
This board is based on the
#WellnessWednesday Chat on Gratefulness
by @PeaceAcore (Twitter)
for the Twitter Account of @WWTrain1 .

Other Tackks On Wellness:


The unthankful heart...
discovers no mercies;
but let the thankful heart
sweep through the day and,
as the magnet finds the iron,
so it will find, in every hour,
some heavenly blessings!

~Henry Ward Beecher


The above quote is from this book:

A Grateful Heart ~Daily Blessings for the Evening Meal from Buddha to the Beatles
By M. J. Ryan (Editor):

"Grateful living, or living in touch with the great fullness of life, has the ability to significantly and positively alter our lives and the larger world in which we live."
Kristi Nelson

What is Gratitude?

The Social Dimension of Gratitude
is Very Important

“I see it as a
relationship-strengthening emotion
because it requires us to see
how we've been supported
and affirmed by other people.”
Robert Emmons

Robert Emmons - perhaps the world’s leading scientific expert on GRATITUDE

Why not make a Gratefulness Jar ?
You can start today, or
on #Thanksgiving ,
or on January 1st

Try to fill it everyday with a note about
Someone or Something
for whom/what you are Grateful.
At the end of the year - or at #Thanksgiving ,
you can open the jar and read about

Let's Make a Gratitude Board Together
At the end of this Tackk Board,
there is a place
for your to write comments.
Please tell us what
you are most Grateful for
in your Life

Brother David-Steindl-Rast is one of the foremost pioneers in the exploration of #Gratefulness. I have read many of his books and I have gone to his retreats. He is a very humble and simple man whose insights are profound. He has a very unique way of looking at words and giving them a deeper understanding with regard to their #Social and #Spiritual meanings.

His books can be found at:

Some of his talks are here:


Audio Clips:

A Grateful Heart is a Healthier Heart
Thankful outlook could lead to improved outcomes in heart-failure patients, study says

"Recognizing and giving thanks for the positive aspects of life can result in improved mental, and ultimately physical, health in patients with asymptomatic heart failure, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

“We found that more gratitude in these patients was associated with better mood, better sleep, less fatigue and lower levels of inflammatory biomarkers related to cardiac health,” said lead author Paul J. Mills, PhD, professor of family medicine and public health at the University of California, San Diego. The study was published in the journal Spirituality in Clinical Practice®."

Research Paper:
The Role of Gratitude in Spiritual Well-Being in Asymptomatic Heart Failure Patients

If the only prayer you say
in your whole life is
" Thank You,”
that would suffice.
~Meister Eckhart

Gratitude is the
Moral Memory of Mankind ...
it encourages us not only
to appreciate gifts,
but to repay them ...or pay them forward.
Georg Simmel

Robert Emmons: What Good Is Gratitude?
Robert Emmons discusses why practicing gratitude has a transformative effect
on our social and emotional well-being.

GRATITUDE Has Many Effects

Physical Effects of Having
a Sense of Gratitude:

* Stronger Immune System
* Less Aches and Pains
* Lower Blood Pressure
* Results in People exercising more
and taking better care of their health
* Enhances Sleep and its effects  

Psychological Effects of Having
a Sense of Gratitude:

* Results in Higher Levels of
Positive Emotions
* Makes People Feel More Alert,
Alive and Awake
* Brings More Joy, Pleasure ,
Optimism and Happiness

Social Effects of Having
a Sense of Gratitude:

* Makes People Want to be More Helpful,
Generous, and Compassionate
* Makes People Feel More Forgiving
* Makes People More Outgoing
* Makes People Feel Less
Lonely and Isolated

Gratefulness and Depression
"Several studies have shown depression to be inversely correlated to gratitude. It seems that the more grateful a person is, the less depressed they are. Philip Watkins, a clinical psychologist at Eastern Washington University, found that clinically depressed individuals showed significantly lower gratitude (nearly 50 percent less) than
non-depressed controls."
~Ocean Robbins

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Why Practice Gratitude?

* Gratitude increases positive emotions like happiness, life satisfaction, optimism,  joy,            pleasure, and enthusiasm
* Gratitude reduces anxiety and depression
* Gratitude strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces                    symptoms of illness, and makes us less bothered by aches and pains
* Grateful people sleep better
* Gratitude makes us more resilient
* Gratitude strengthens relationships
* Gratitude promotes forgiveness
* Grateful people are more helpful, altruistic, and compassionate.
* Gratitude is good for kids
* Gratitude is good for schools

 Details are here:

“Our groundbreaking research has
shown that grateful people experience
higher levels of
positive emotions such as
joy, enthusiasm,
love, happiness, and optimism,
and that the practice of gratitude
as a discipline protects a person
from the destructive impulses of envy,
resentment, greed, and bitterness.”
Dr. Robert Emmons

"Why Gratitude Is Good"
By Robert Emmons | November 16, 2010 | Need some motivation for practicing gratitude this Thanksgiving? Robert Emmons, the world's leading scientific expert on gratitude, reveals why gratitude is good for our bodies, our minds, and our relationships.

"A Good Day"
with Brother David Steindl-Rast

This video, featuring Brother David, a highly-respected Benedictine monk, author and spiritual leader, is a BLESSING to all those with 'eyes to see and ears to hear.' Look, listen and be inspired by this powerful message on grateful living.
Please visit

"The Grateful Brain"


"...feelings of gratitude directly activated brain regions associated with the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine feels good to get, which is why it’s generally considered the 'reward' neurotransmitter. But dopamine is also almost important in initiating action. That means increases in dopamine make you more likely to do the thing you just did. It’s the brain saying, 'Oh, do that again.' "
Alex Korb, Ph.D. - "The Grateful Brain"

"Realizing that other people are worse off than you is not gratitude. Gratitude requires an appreciation of the positive aspects of your situation. It is not a comparison. Sometimes noticing what other people don’t have may help you see what you can be grateful for, but you have to take that next step. You actually have to show appreciation for what you have, for it to have an effect."
~ Alex Korb, Ph.D. "The Grateful Brain"

Having Gratitude -
Even for Wrong Turns.
Means that Sometimes...
Getting Lost is a Blessing

"Gratitude’s benefits should be enough to convince even the most cynical secularist that this emotion is essential for achieving happiness."
-- Spirituality & Practice Magazine

"What’s more … when we share
our thoughts and feelings
out loud,
or write them down, paint them,
sing or dance them, and so on,
potentially, this can effect the biochemistry
of our brains and bodies
in ways that not only bathe
the cells of our body
with nourishing hormones,
but also transform our
feelings of gratitude
into multidimensional power-blasts
of physio-feeling states that
deepen our sense of meaning, purpose
and connection to life in and around us."


"Gratitude makes us feel bursting with delight, just to remember the gifts we have received. Thus we are doubly blessed when we receive something: for the gift itself and later, in recall, for the miracle of having been given it". ~ M.J. Ryan

Gratitude is Pure Power
to  Create and Sustain Happiness

"According to researcher and professor of psychology Dr. Todd Kashdan at George Mason University, it is one of three critical ingredients for living a happy life. The other two ingredients are:meaningful relationships and living in the present, Kashdan reports in an article, Key to Happiness, published in the journal Psychology and Sociology."...

"In the words of Cicero, 'Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues,
but the parent of all others.' "

"In a nutshell, gratitude is simply the fastest, easiest, most powerful way for you to create healthy feel-good feelings in and around yourself life — as well as others, at any time or moment. If that’s not pure power to create and sustain happiness, what is?"

Your Health, Your Brain & the Power of Gratitude — A Key to Happiness, 1 of 1

If you've forgotten the
language of Gratitude,
you'll never be on
speaking terms with happiness.

"Learning how to experience gratitude involves being grateful as a attitude, not as a reaction when good things occur. One does not need to wait until things are perfect before being grateful; in fact, it may be just the opposite. It could be that the act of being grateful, in itself, makes one receptive to life's blessings, and these blessings continue as we continue to be thankful."

From Book Description:
Words Of Gratitude Mind Body & Soul
By: Robert Emmons

Some Resources


A Network for Grateful Living (ANG*L) -
"Provides education and support for the practice of grateful living as a global ethic, inspired by the teachings of Br. David Steindl-Rast and colleagues. Gratefulness – the full response to a given moment and all it contains – is a universal practice that fosters personal transformation, cross-cultural understanding, interfaith dialogue, intergenerational respect, nonviolent conflict resolution, and ecological sustainability."

Daily Grateful Living Practice Ideas

"Here are 30 Daily Grateful Living Practices for you to try. These practices range from actions that will take you only a moment to those that will take a larger commitment of your time. If there is one practice on this list that you would like to try every day, do so. Or try a new one each day. Or switch it up. What matters is that you do something every day to build the habit of intentionally directing your attention to notice and appreciate the gifts of your life."


7 gratitude exercises you should try today

"Why Gratitude Is Good"
By Robert Emmons - November 16, 2010

"The Grateful Brain"
by Alex Korb, Ph.D

"Your Health, Your Brain & the Power of Gratitude — A Key to Happiness, 1 of 1By ATHENA STAIK, PH.D.

"Your Brain, Health & Happiness – 5 Steps to Unlock the Power of Gratitude 2 of 2"

Gratefulness and the Power of Radical Sufficiency
By: Kristi Nelson

Take a ‘Savoring Walk,’ and three other research-based strategies
to help you appreciate this life

The Neuroscience of Why Gratitude Makes Us Healthier
BY:  Ocean Robbins


"A Good Day" - With Brother David Steindl-Rast

Want to be Happy? Be Grateful - Brother David Steindl-Rast

On Gratitude and the Now: Brother David Steindl-Rast

Gratitude as the Lynchpin Between Adversity and Delight - Robert Emmons


A Good Day: A Gift of Gratitude (Based on the viral video)
by David Steindl-Rast (Author), Louie Schwartzberg (Author), Patricia Carlson (Author)

A Grateful Heart ~Daily Blessings for the Evening Meal from Buddha to the Beatles
By M. J. Ryan (Editor):

Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier
Robert Emmons
From Publishers Weekly: "This fine, succinct contribution to the relatively new field of positive psychology (which seeks to promote emotional wellness, rather than treat disorder) focuses on what a French saying calls the memory of the heart. Emmons (The Psychology of Gratitude), a leader in the field and professor at UC-Davis, looks at gratitude from an interdisciplinary perspective, including literature, psychology, religion and anthropology. He demonstrates how it contributes to emotional equanimity and pleasure, richer personal relationships and greater health."

Words Of Gratitude Mind Body & Soul
Robert Emmons

"The test of all happiness is gratitude."
G.K. Chesterton

( From @WellWeds Twitter Page)

* AllAboutArt - is Grateful for knowledge, wisdom, family    and health.
* Mel - well, of course i'm Grateful for my family & you all.      But if I were to choose something else, it's a tie between      time & science.
* Jennifer - I'm Grateful for every second of my life. I say       I'm grateful every day. All my personal struggles ended         when gratitude entered my heart. When gratitude                 entered my heart, I started to notice the highest form of       appreciation. I was living in it  
* Lillian - I am Grateful every day that my children's                father who has terminal cancer is holding up well & his        good  spirits are a blessing.
* K - I'm deeply #Grateful for those who put themselves        on the line to serve others and for those who make                others laugh.
* Suz - I'm Grateful for my fur babies!! Unconditional love
* DP - I am so Grateful for the many moments that                  are reminding me what a rich & blessed life I have.
* Mary Jo - I am Grateful for my 2nd family who took me       and showed me what family truly is.
* PeaceAcore - I am deeply Grateful for the Gift of my          precious children
* Theressa - I am Grateful for my mom, my husband,            friends and my many new friends I have made being a        part of JB's Fan Family 
*Balance Ball Chair- I'm #Grateful that I don't have to          force myself to be  grateful right now...Just am.Those            days don't come all the time...
* Jan - I'm Grateful 4 my wonderful parents & a                        supportive partner. All of whom love me unconditionally.      Their support is priceless
* J - I am deeply Grateful  for L, as she makes me so very      happy...
* Katie - I'm #Grateful for my precious friend, L +ALL my      wonderful #JBFanFamily friends
* Lisa - I'm #Grateful for the wonderful friendship of K,        my happy family and many friends worldwide
* Rose - I am Grateful for all those moments that take my    breath away and make life worth living.
* Amber - I'm #Grateful that I have a roof over my head,      clothes on my back, food on my table, and an abundance    of loving friends & family.
* Liz - I’m Grateful for unknown blessings that are                  already on their way!
* Jessie - I'm #Grateful that there is a twitter social                networking service where I can follow JB's tweets &              meet some fascinating people! ; )
* Dr.D -Grateful for my incredible family&friends(y'all&my     SS's included)&my husband's unconditional support             thru life/health challenges
* Lady Live - I am Grateful to still have my family in my          life
* Andrea - I'm Grateful for the support I have got from my   family and friends especially all the #JBfanfamily you       were there when I need it

In the Comment Section Below...
Please share with us about  
Someone / Something
for which you
are deeply Grateful