Gratitude research and art appreciation

I have written previously about the relationship between art appreciation and health.  At times I have posted nudes or other pretty photos and written a caption which says “Thanks!”

I receive emails from and I decided to check on a link.  It turns out that there are a variety of studies on the topic of gratitude and expressing gratitude and how that improves our health.

The Bible says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I Thess 5:18 ESV.

So, it is funny to think that in browsing a set of nudes or interesting photos of women, that I would give thanks and express that “publicly.”

Apparently expressing gratitude tends to reduce stress and may in fact create an independent feeling of reward.

Saying thank you to a new acquaintance increases the likelihood of your becoming friends.

Wiki has a page on gratitude journal and this page attempts to summarize various studies which have been done on gratitude journaling.  It appears that one excellent approach is to write down 3 to 10 good things that have happened. Research is divided over whether or not it is better to write the good things down on a daily basis or a weekly basis.

In one study by Seligman, participants were instructed to write down 3 good things that happened to them each day.  Participants began to report less depression and more happiness and these results persisted at 3 and 6 months follow ups.  Many people who engage in the exercise continue it after the study is complete and there is no external requirement to do so.

So, there are dozens and perhaps hundreds of persons who have visited this blog or and thought poorly of me or the project . . . and the question is, I suggest, How and how often do they express gratitude for things around them?

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