Wednesday, December 1, 2010


As we get ready to enter the Thanksgiving & Christmas season we can't help but be drawn to memories of this past year. Good or Bad. Will we look back on this past year with a sense of Thanks and gratitude. We all know people who's glass is either 1/2 full or 1/2 empty. Which are you?

I read a recent article about "giving thanks" that spoke to me and I wanted to share some of the thoughts expressed in the article particularly given this time of year. It turns out that giving thanks may be beneficial to your health. Studies have shown that people with a sense of gratitude have more energy-more joy in their heart and better social connection. They suffer from less depression and sleepless nights. Researchers now feel that there some benefits that accrue to adults-hold. I found out there is a new movement in psychology that has been labeled the "positive psych movement." An interesting study done by a Dr. Froh-Psychology Professor at Hofstra University compared differences in 1035 high school students. Those students who were "more grateful" had better grades and more friends. Those students who tipped the scales as being materialistic had lower grades and were more envious. I read and interesting quote be a Dr. Emmon, who is a Psych Professor at University of Miami and he said that gratitude is a complex emotion that requires "self reflection, the ability to admit that one is dependent on the help of others and the humility to realize one's own limitation."

Psychological experts believe part of our gratitude index is 50% determined by genes. Once again Thank you Mom, Thank you Dad. Experience determines the rest.

In life, we often face difficult situations, loss of a loved one, loss of a job, disappointments, loss of a home. We can't always control these but one thing we do control is our reactions to them. So maybe this holiday season as you reflect back on it, take a few minutes to list some of your many blessings and joys you experienced. I pray also the New Year will be one on which your glass will forever be 1/2 full. God bless and Thank you again for all your kind and generous support though out the year. These are tough times and I pray our heartfelt gratitude will over shadow all the negative so our glasses are always 1/2 full. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Stay tuned to more interesting articles that Dr. Robert J Brueck MD FACS will touch on. You can also visit his website at



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