Gratitude Lifts Mind and Body Over Himalayan Pass

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A gratitude-based approach to healthcare has its rewards and my colleague Eric Nelson experienced the benefits it brings when he was trekking through the Himalayan Mountains. Even though the mountains in Southern California aren't nearly as rigorous, Eric's message is just as pertinent. I'm sharing an excerpt, and there’s a link below to the full article. As far as I know, my wife and I had already purchased our tickets to Nepal before Continue Reading

Feeling Good About Giving

Feeling Good About Giving

by Don Ingwerson Now that Christmas is over, I've been thinking about how giving and happiness relate. Not so long ago our family decided to adopt a family in need during the holiday season. It took a while to find a community agency that had a list of needy families, but with persistence we got the name of a family and the names and ages of the children. Christmas Eve we took our gifts to our adopted family. They spoke little English and Continue Reading

What if We Celebrate the True Meaning of Christmas?

What if We Celebrate the True Meaning of Christmas?

A guest post written by Donna Clifton from Whittier, California. “Christmas is all about getting exactly what you want!” Believe it or not, those were the actual words in a radio advertisement I heard, and they dismayed me. Although the normal mantra is that Christmas is about giving, not getting, this sentiment is belied by the questions we often hear right after Christmas: “What did you get?” “Was Santa good to you this year?” The Continue Reading

Gratitude Offers Expanded Perspective

Gratitude Offers Expanded Perspective

A guest post written by Carol McFall from San Luis Obispo, California. Real gratitude is powerful. I’m not talking about a Band-Aid to make us feel a little better, or a way to sweep problems under the rug. Gratitude doesn’t just nudge us in the right direction — it is the right direction. You might say it is a mental standpoint we can move to — and we’d better get going because where we stand mentally impacts the quality of life and of Continue Reading

Thanksgiving

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A guest post written by Diana Colarossi from San Juan Capistrano, California. Is Thanksgiving, a day, a holiday, or a state of mind? Does it matter if we celebrate Thanksgiving among friends, family, or alone? Thanksgiving isn’t a day. It’s a state of mind giving gratitude to God. Thanks to God shouldn’t be confined to one special day of the year. Nor is it a time that must be spent with people, for joy can also be found in the quiet Continue Reading

Thanksgiving – A Lifestyle Choice?

Thanksgiving – A Lifestyle Choice?

Autumn may be a more subtle season in Southern California than in other parts of the world, but the spirit of Thanksgiving is universal - and beneficial. My friend and colleague Glenn Laycock from Manitoba, Canada gives a thoughtful review of the article "In Praise of Gratitude" published by the Harvard Medical School. Thanksgiving … celebrates the closeout of the growing season(s) and is the traditional time when people pause to celebrate the Continue Reading

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

A guest post written by B. B. Prest from San Diego, California. Ready for that turkey dinner this year? And what about giving thanks – will that be on the menu? For many of us it will be. But for others, it may not. In thinking about giving thanks, I am reminded of the Biblical account from Luke about the ten lepers who were healed, and Christ Jesus’ question to the one (a Samaritan) who returned to give thanks, “Were there not ten Continue Reading

Good News for Family Caregivers!

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A guest post written by Thomas Mitchinson, legislative liaison and media spokesman for Christian Science in Illinois While much has been published the last few years about the frustration, pressure and ill effects of caring for family members, a recent study from Johns Hopkins University contradicts this. According to healthcanal.com, “In a report published in the current online version of the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers Continue Reading

Mom’s Open Secret

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A guest post written by Sheila Kelly I found Junior High exciting. For the first time I experienced having a different teacher for every class and being able to choose electives for the first time, as students were encouraged to start making choices about what was important in their lives. Friends started talking about their ideals, and I really started thinking about happiness – which for me meant not only happiness for myself but also Continue Reading

Don’t Look Back

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A guest post written by Nancy Piersall Looking back with regret or longing for something that has ended or is gone? Looking ahead with uncertainty, doubt, or gloom? Feeling "stuck" in the present and not able to move on? How do you learn from the past without immersing yourself in it? These questions are important from an emotional and a health perspective and I found insights to these questions in the biblical account of Sodom and Continue Reading