Greater Good Science Center

Gratitude

This month’s blog comes courtesy of ASEB Board President Lance Reynolds The world’s religions and our grandparents have always known the benefits of practicing thankfulness—think Grace before meals and our nation’s tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving. But Thanksgiving and other holiday times can be stressful too, particularly for caregivers of those with memory loss or other disabilities. Recently scientists have taken notice of their grandmothers’ advice and are finding people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits: • Stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure • Higher levels of positive emotions • More joy, optimism, and happiness • Acting with more generosity and compassion • Feeling less lonely and […]