Getting Health Through Expressions of Gratitude

Giving thanks by helping others, and getting health.

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, probably because it’s a time to especially acknowledge the gratitude I feel for all the good in my life. We might find a definition for thanksgiving as “an act of giving thanks”, but I think it means more than that. It goes beyond uttering words of thanks to expressing it in concrete ways. It isn’t focused inward or on me. Rather, my gratitude should impel action outward for the benefit of others. There are many examples of people selflessly helping Continue Reading

Compassion to What End?

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by John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon I’ve noticed an increase in the number of people on street corners asking for money the last several years. I have to admit that sometimes cynicism nags at me in response to the plea scribbled on a piece of cardboard in their hand. “Anything will help. God bless” Other times I just feel bad for the person holding the sign.  On rare occasions I actually give them some money.   I can’t explain why some people struck a chord Continue Reading

Giving as Thanks Aids Health

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, probably because it’s a time to especially acknowledge the gratitude I feel for all the good in my life. A dictionary might define this term, thanksgiving, as “an act of giving thanks”, but I think it means more than that. It goes beyond uttering words of thanks to expressing it in concrete ways. It’s more action oriented and isn’t focused on me. Rather, my gratitude should impel Continue Reading

Doing good for the benefit of who?

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon I'm sure there are many examples of people selflessly helping others. What comes to mind for you? Perhaps someone who is well known, like Mother Teresa. Or perhaps there is someone you personally know who is a selfless giver, not expecting anything in return. I think immediately of incidents like: Hundreds of boat owners and ferry pilots converging on the Manhattan shoreline to evacuate stranded New Yorkers after the Continue Reading