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Thought Bullets
February 2006

The Role of Gratitude in Health and Well-Being

Of all the topics I’ve researched over the seven years I’ve written the thought bullets for WIN Wyoming, one of the topics I continue to spend time reflecting on is the article I wrote on happiness (February 2003).  Three years later, I decided to revisit the topic and report on a recent article written by Carol Patton, a free-lance journalist from Las Vegas.  According to Carol’s article, our thoughts not only influence our sense of happiness, they can also have an impact on our immune system and general sense of well-being. 

Count Your Blessings - Being thankful can have a surprising effect on health and well-being
. Carol Patton, Td&n, Fall 2005, pages 26-28.

Zubieta JK, Bueller JA, Jackson LR, Scott DJ, Xu Y, Koeppe RA, Nichols TE, Stohler CS. Placebo effects mediated by endogenous opioid Activity on μ-opioid receptors. The Journal of Neuroscience, 25(24):7754-7762. August 2005.

Compiled by Betty Holmes, MS, RD

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