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

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

Thankfulness – a blessing for everyone

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication About a year ago, not long before Thanksgiving, I was invited to participate on an Oregon Public Broadcasting live panel discussion focused on the theme “...how people hold on to their faith when it is tested.” It was an interesting discussion with lively audience participation. “Lively” for sure. More than half the audience, and it was open to the public, was made up of various anti-religion groups self-identified as “humanist” or Continue Reading

What’s there to be grateful for when I’m sick?

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by John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon I didn’t use to equate health with my mental state, or my thoughts.  I saw health as a product of my genetic make-up, or what modern medicine could do for me.  I had no idea that how I thought, deeply, could actually allow me to achieve or maintain good health. A mental attitude can be quite broad, encompassing all kinds of things from wishful thinking to anger to fear, and everything in between.  So what kinds of mental Continue Reading