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7 health benefits of being grateful

1 Thessalonians 5:18

In all circumstances, give thanks,
for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

Today is Thanksgiving, a day that’s been warped by “progressives” and their willing accomplices in the Hate America Media into America’s penultimate day of white guilt.

Little known by Americans is the fact that Thanksgiving has its origins as an explicitly religious, Christian holiday. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving an official national holiday to thank God for the many blessings He has bestowed on America. (See “The true meaning of Thanksgiving: A Christian holiday to thank God“)

As America increasingly is secularized, have you noticed how Americans correspondingly became uncivil, rude, and callous? Manners seem to have fallen by the wayside, dismissed as “old fashioned” or vilified as “patriarchal”. Worse still, too many Americans have become downright cruel and evil. (See, for example, “What is wrong with people? Father fundraising for sick child finds ‘let the baby die’ sign“)

Not only is it right and proper to thank God and the people in our lives for the good and kindness they’ve given us, being thankful actually benefits us in at least seven scientifically-proven ways:

(1) Gratitude is good for our physical health:

Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and they report feeling healthier than other people, according to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences. Grateful people are also more likely to take care of their health — they exercise more often and are more likely to get regular check-ups.

(2) Gratitude is good for our psychological health:

Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, ranging from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., a leading gratitude researcher, found that gratitude increases happiness and reduces depression.

(3) Gratitude reduces stress and makes us more resilient:

For years, research has shown gratitude not only reduces stress, but it may also play a major role in overcoming trauma by making us more resilient:

  • A 2006 study published in Behavior Research and Therapy found that Vietnam War veterans with higher levels of gratitude experienced lower rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Recognizing all you have to be thankful for – even during the worst times of your life – also fosters resilience, enabling you to better withstand trauma and stress. A 2003 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that gratitude was a major contributor to resilience following the 9/11 attacks.

(4) Grateful people sleep better:

Writing in a gratitude journal improves sleep, according to a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. Jotting down a few grateful sentiments before bed helps you sleep better and longer.

(5) Gratitude opens the door to friendship

Showing appreciation to other people can help you win new friends, according to a 2014 study published in Emotion. The study found that thanking a new acquaintance makes them more likely to seek an ongoing relationship.

(6) Gratitude improves self-esteem:

  • A 2014 study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology found that gratitude increased athletes’ self-esteem, which is an essential component to optimal performance.
  • Other studies have shown that gratitude makes us better able to appreciate other people’s accomplishments, and reduces the toxic social comparisons that makes us resentful toward people who seem to have more — money, beauty, better jobs, better health, more friends — than we have.

(7) Gratitude is good for society by enhancing empathy and reducing aggression:

Grateful people are more likely to behave in a pro-social manner according to a 2012 study by the University of Kentucky. Study participants who ranked higher on gratitude scales were sensitive and empathic toward other people; less vengeful; and less likely to retaliate against others, even when given negative feedback.

On this Thanksgiving Day, say “Thank You” to God and to your family, friends, colleagues, and especially those who provide a service for you, such as the janitor in your office building, your handyman, your gardener, or if you are elderly or infirm, your caregiver.

I will now make a list of all the many, many things for which I am grateful. I invite you to make a list as well!

Top on my list is the new family that God has graced me — my two precious kittens whose innocence reminds me there’s good in the world, and who fill my days with joy and their unalloyed love.

~Eowyn

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Baby octopus thanks man for rescue

Imagine you’re an octopus.

You can’t talk or even emit sound.

So what would you do to show you’re grateful?

Being an octopus, you’re all limbs — eight tentacles in all. Would you show your gratitude by getting near and use a tentacle to touch your benefactor?

That’s what a tiny octopus did.

A man named Pei Yan Heng found an octopus stranded in the sand of Cyrene Reef, Singapore. He saves the octopus’s life by scooping it into a cup, then releasing the little creature into the water. The octopus takes some time to recover, then swims over to the man (who is many, many times bigger), and gently places a tentacle on the man’s foot to show its gratitude.

Here’s Heng’s account of what happened:

Cyrene Reef 2013

Released a stranded octopus that got stuck on the sand when the tide went out in the shallow water. After recovering, the octopus moved towards my left booties and placed one of its tentacles on my booties for some time before moving off.

Note how the octopus changed color (got darker) when it was touching the man’s foot (1:28 mark), and that it rested its tentacle on the man’s foot for a full 23 seconds.

The video on YouTube elicited two comments about similar experiences:

Marc Johnson: “I know of another person who had the same experience. She worked at the Monterey Bay aquarium and was releasing an octopus in the bay that they had held captive for several years. As she released it, it came over to her and put one tentacle on her arm and looked straight at her for a long moment before swimming off.”

Terranaut157: “I witnessed identical behaviour in January this year (2018). A rescued, similar size octopus was put back into the water by hand. It swam off and then came back to embrace with one tentacle the hand that freed it – as if to say thanks – and then swam off again.”

Octopuses are highly intelligent creatures. From Wikipedia:

Octopuses are highly intelligent; the extent of their intelligence and learning capability are not well defined.[89][90][91][92] Maze and problem-solving experiments have shown evidence of a memory system that can store both short- and long-term memory. It is not known precisely what contribution learning makes to adult octopus behaviour. Young octopuses learn nothing from their parents, as adults provide no parental care beyond tending to their eggs until the young octopuses hatch.[63]:75

In laboratory experiments, octopuses can be readily trained to distinguish between different shapes and patterns. They have been reported to practise observational learning,[93] although the validity of these findings is contested.[89][90] Octopuses have also been observed in what has been described as play: repeatedly releasing bottles or toys into a circular current in their aquariums and then catching them.[94] Octopuses often break out of their aquariums and sometimes into others in search of food.[86][95][96] They have even boarded fishing boats and opened holds to eat crabs.[91] The veined octopus collects discarded coconut shells, then uses them to build a shelter, an example of tool use.

H/t PawMyGosh

~Eowyn

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What is wrong with people? Father fundraising for sick child finds “let the baby die” sign

Just sickening that someone would even consider doing this. What a wretched soul…

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Best buddies: Cat comforts anxious dog while family is away from home

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Cats loving their humans

Some say cats are aloof and indifferent, even to their human family.

But cats do love, and they do show their love. It’s just they do it differently than dogs, as this video amply demonstrates.

Put simply, cats are not dogs! >^..^<

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~Eowyn

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Male turkey acts as crossing guard to shield females from traffic

I came across this video of funny birds, but the video is remarkable because of the footage (0:52 to 1:20 mark) of a regal, male turkey protecting his family from motor traffic by acting as a crossing guard.

He stands in the middle of the road, using his body to block a row of three cars behind him, so that the other nine turkeys, one by one, could safely cross the road.

Only after the last turkey had crossed the road did the male leave his post.

This male turkey puts human males to shame….

~Eowyn

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Rescue puppy Narwhal has a tail on his forehead and is ‘perfectly healthy’

So adorable! What a sweet, sweet puppy.

I have no doubt that Narwhal will find a very loving home.

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Shelter cat put in solitary confinement for repeatedly letting other cats out

Quilty/Photo from Friends4Life.org

What a little rascal…

From Daily Mirror: A cat named Quilty has been sentenced to solitary confinement for continually letting other cats out of their enclosures at his shelter after multiple warnings failed to curb the problem.

The serial offender was caught by staff at Friends For Life Animal Rescue and Adoption Organization jail-breaking other felines out of the senior room ‘repeatedly, several times a day’.

Quilty also has a chequered past of consistent offending, after staff at the shelter in Houston discovered he used to let his dog sibling into the house at his old home.

After an online campaign was launched to #FreeQuilty, the shelter said that his review with the parole board had failed but he ‘released himself’ anyway, before being returned to solitary.

The shelter said: “Quilty will not be contained. And he has no shame. Quilty loves to let cats out of the senior room. Repeatedly. Several times a day. We have since Quilty-proofed the cat room, while he took a brief hiatus in the lobby.

Photo from Facebook

“His roommates missed him while he was banished to the lobby. They enjoyed their nighttime escapades around the shelter.

“The staff, however, did not miss the morning cat wrangling, so we’ll just have to agree to disagree there.”

The shelter continued to post updates in a brilliant thread as Quilty tried, and failed, to escape through a window and a video showed the ‘spicy a-hole’ being marched back to his holding cell after he got out and crashed a staff meeting.

Quilty is still looking for a home and although he’s unsure about small children his bio reads: “I do know that I like to open closed doors. When I see one it challenges me, and I work hard to get it open and I’m usually successful.”

His fans were confident he would find a forever home soon.

One wrote: “Will Quilty let our dogs out for us at night? And would he let them back in? We might need him in our lives…”

Another replied: “I need Quilty! He will love my house! We have an open door policy (except to the outside) so he can go anywhere he wants!”

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Monday Funnies!

~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: The children of God will rise from the dead

Luke 20:27, 34-38

Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection,
came forward.

Jesus said to them,
“The children of this age marry and remarry;
but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age
and to the resurrection of the dead
neither marry nor are given in marriage.
They can no longer die,
for they are like angels;
and they are the children of God
because they are the ones who will rise.
That the dead will rise
even Moses made known in the passage about the bush,
when he called out ‘Lord, ‘
the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob;
and he is not God of the dead, but of the living,
for to him all are alive.”

The Empty Tomb

Two months ten days ago I lost my husband, whom I have loved since I was 22.

Several years ago, I was told by my guardian angel: “You will miss him when he’s gone.”

I miss him, sorely.

He was my intellectual mentor and my best friend, with whom I shared important beliefs and values — the Christian worldview and morality, and the conservative political ideology.

My loss would be unbearable if I did not believe that though his body is gone, his immortal soul lives and is with God, having received the holy sacrament of the Last Rites before he breathed his last. 

I am familiar with old people, whom I regularly saw, conversed with, and befriended in the assisted living facility where my husband spent his last three years. Most of the elderly in the facility are not Christians. I often wonder how they cope with old age and their impending death without the Christian beliefs that we have souls, which are immortal; that Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead; and that we are promised that as His children, we too will rise from the dead.

How utterly unbearable old age and dying must be for the unbeliever . . . .

Wisdom 2:23-24, 3:1,9

God formed man to be imperishable;
the image of his own nature he made them.
But by the envy of the Devil, death entered the world,
and they who are in his possession experience it.

But the souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them….
Those who trust in him shall understand truth,
and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
Because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,
and his care is with his elect.

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May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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