Gratitude Healing Power

Gratitude Healing Power

Gratitude Healing Power ? *Can gratitude really heal you ?*

Fall, traditional harvest time, and the Thanksgiving holiday are dedicated to giving thanks – there’s evidence that gratitude promotes health.

Spiritual teachers of every religion, denomination, era and stripe pay much attention to gratitude.

*Science tends to agree:*

Practicing and feeling thanks — training it like a muscle — can make you feel better according to several studies, many of them observational.

A recent review in the _*Journal of Positive Psychology*_ looks at the connection between gratitude and health and focuses on experimental studies rather than observational ones — these can more accurately reflect causation.

In these studies an intervention aimed at increasing gratitude takes place in a test group.

There are several interventions that are commonly used. Gratitude journaling consists of writing regularly about what you’re grateful for.

Writing a gratitude letter was devised by *Martin Seligman* — the father of Positive Psychology — participants are asked to write and deliver a letter of gratitude to someone in their lives whom they haven’t properly thanked.

The Three Good Things exercise involves writing down three good things that occurred within a stated time period.

The definition of health is challenging.

Complete absence of disease or disability, and total social and mental well being, the *World Health Association’s definition* , isn’t common in our society — we’re an aging society riddled with chronic diseases.

Another definition of positive health is one proposed by Huber and others: _*“Health as the ability to adapt and to self-manage, in the face of social, physical and emotional challenges.”*_

Does gratitude promote that ability to adapt and self manage

When it comes to physical health, the reviewers found nine experimental articles testing gratitude’s effect on the cardiovascular system, inflammatory markers, pain and sleep.

*The results were inconclusive.*

The gratitude interventions seemed to have a positive effect on cardiovascular and inflammatory parameters, but no different from a distraction exercise.

The review studied 25 experimental articles that tested gratitude interventions and psychological wellbeing symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, stress, negative emotions and aggression.

They found some evidence that gratitude may contribute to improvement in psychological well being.

*Gratitude may contribute to improvement in psychological well being*

*Next,* they gathered 32 interventional studies centered on emotional wellbeing: happiness, life satisfaction, quality of life, flourishing, etc.

Overall, the vast majority of studies showed that gratitude practices increased emotional wellbeing.

*Gratitude practices increased emotional wellbeing*

*A third aspect* of wellbeing is the social one, consisting of social skills, contacts and relationships, and purposeful employment, and here, 19 experimental studies were identified.

Practicing gratitude seems to maintain healthy relationships and to help in the formation of new ones.

*Practicing gratitude seems to maintain healthy relationships and to help in the formation of new ones*

*Overall,* the reviewers found that physical health showed less measured changes in response to gratitude interventions, however, _*“gratitude is beneficially, although modestly, linked to social well-being, emotional well-being and to a lesser extent psychological well-being.”*_

*Gratitude and wellbeing*

_*“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder “*_ ~Gilbert K. Chesterton

*Is physical health separate from mental health❓*

The study may suggest that the body and the mind are different entities — *I believe they are one unit.*

Medicine focused for too long on biological factors that affect disease, *but it’s now pretty clear that wellbeing, disease prevention and longevity are affected* by what goes in our mind, by our thoughts, and by our social ties.

Psychological wellbeing and physical wellbeing *are intertwined and affect each other deeply.*

If gratitude boosts happiness then it’s bound to advance health in the broader sense, even if we can’t prove it as of yet by the short term tests and measurable outcomes available to us in clinical studies.

And every time you concentrate on the positives you’re squeezing some negative thoughts — and the stress associated with them — out.

*Every time you concentrate on the positives you’re squeezing some negative thoughts — and the stress associated with them — out*

Fall, traditional harvest time, is dedicated to giving thanks, and the Thanksgiving holiday is a wonderful celebration of this practice.

This Thanksgiving is bound to be special, and although life has not gone back to our pre-pandemic hugfest, getting together is especially sweet.

I’m grateful for being among family and friends like never before.

I adore the trees with their multitude of colors and their exposed branches, the crunch of the showy leaves under my feet, the air that’s crisp and clean.

And then there’s food.

*Food, especially healthy food, is my constant reminder of how lucky I am, this holiday, and every single day, for the nourishing, delicious bounty of nature.*

This is Huggy Wuggy!

You may not know who he is but chances are your children/grandchildren do. I have had to ban all talking about and drawing this character in my preschool classroom.
Parents and Grandparents please be aware of your children and what they’re watching on Youtube! We cannot just give them a device unattended!

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office looked at the origins of a controversy about a character named Huggy Wuggy from a survival horror video game called “Poppy Playtime.” Poppy Playtime is a survival horror video game developed and published by American indie developer MOB Games in which the player plays as a former employee who is revisiting an abandoned toy factory previously owned by the game’s in-universe company Playtime Co. Ten years after the staff have seemingly vanished without a trace. The player navigates through a first-person perspective and must solve puzzles to progress further while avoiding various enemies, such as Huggy Wuggy, a blue bear-like character, with razor sharp teeth. Huggy Wuggy and other animated toys stalk players in an abandoned toy factory.

The video game was rated for ages 8 or above but was then updated to ages 12 or above. The game teaches younger audiences that their toys and other things they previously felt comfortable with are now scary and can kill them.

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a warning to parents due to a series of videos surrounding Poppy Playtime character Huggy Wuggy. The warnings are due to the character’s initially child-friendly visuals, which very quickly turn nightmarish.

The concerning videos are FAN-MADE, produced by someone who admires a particular TV show, film, or videogame. The following is a list of some of the YouTube Channels that have made the concerning videos:

1. GameToons
2. SamToons
3. GH’S
4. Monster School Story
5. Game My
6. Secret4Studio
7. Hornstromp 3D
8. Siren Studio
9. Bunny Games
10. Slime Channel

The videos include, but are not limited to offensive language, cartoon representations of alcohol use, blood, stabbings, decapitations, attempted murder, murder, and the bloody aftermath of a car crash.

In one of the videos a toy cartoon character tells a cartoon person, “My hugs don’t hurt one bit, you’ll be dead before the pain comes!” The character then hugs and squeezes the person until they turn blue and passes out.

In another video, a female character is drugged, passes out, and it is inferred a sexual assault is performed on her. In the same video, the female character’s husband sees a video of the sexual assault and believes the female character had committed adultery. The male character then hits the female character and divorces her.
As of the time of the post, the videos were not accessible through YouTube Kids, but were some of the first videos listed when “Huggy Wuggy” is searched on YouTube.

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office urges parents to monitor your children’s use of YouTube and other video sharing social media platforms.

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