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Sara Shupe, MSPT, Dip.MDT is a physical therapist specialist that has been practicing for almost 2 decades in the Twin Cities Metro Area of Minnesota. Sara is the Founder of J.O.Y. Physical Therapy Inc. which provides high-value, convenient mobile and telehealth PT to MN and WI. Sara’s work on early access to specialized physical therapy in the treatment of low back pain won an  innovation award and has been presented at the National Association of Spine Society in CA and  Idaho, the MDT Conference of the Americas, and The American Physical Therapy Association of MN. Sara lives in Eagan with her husband, teenage son, and Dox mix puppy.

How grateful you are can affect your physical health. Amazingly, we have known this for quite some time now. There are 2000-year-old references in the Bible written by one of the wisest king ever known, Solomon:

"Light in a messenger's eyes [looking for things for be grateful for, emphasis mine] brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones." Proverbs 15:30

..."turn away from evil [ungratefulness to name one, emphasis mine]. 8 Then, you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones." Proverbs 3 :7-8

Consequently, the opposite attitude can cause physical illness, weak bones, etc. Solomon's father David wrote:

"There is no soundness in my flesh because of Your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin [attitude of ingratitude, emphasis mine]." Psalms 38:3

Don't worry, be grateful, be healthy.

Lest you think the science and scripture do not match, think again. A recent study published in Psychol Health Med 2018 studied 605 people explaining:

"There is now a growing body of research demonstrating the physical health benefits of being grateful. However, research has only just began to explore the mechanisms accounting for this gratitude-health relationship. This study examines the relationship between dispositional gratitude and self-reported physical health symptoms, and explores whether this relationship is explained through reduced levels of perceived loneliness and stress"  

Their conclusions?

"positive effect of gratitude on physical health was significantly mediated by lower reported levels of perceived loneliness and stress. These findings are important given evidence that gratitude can be cultivated, and may serve to buffer against stress and loneliness and improve somatic health symptoms in the general population."

What do you have to be grateful for? 

If you are reading this, it means you have grown up in a privileged country that educates its' citizens. By the time you reached the end of that sentence, you have breathed the oxygen supplied by billions of plants five times. If you ate breakfast this morning and were able to decide which pairs of shoes to wear, you are in the top 2% of the worlds wealth.

You have LOTS to be grateful for.

LOTS. LOTS. LOTS. LOTS...you get the idea.

Stop reading this blog right now and Make a Eucharisteo List. 

This word, Grateful, like most, has a Greek origin. Eucharisteo. Some of the root "charis" means grace and joy. In the Bible, Jesus used this word at the first Thanksgiving dinner, the Last Supper with His Disciples. We are told there was bread and wine being consumed as Jesus described the events that were to come.

This is Good News!

Do you live or traveling through MN or WI for Thanksgiving? Call 651-800-MYPT for your MDT mobile or telehealth evaluation today! Outside of these states: go to www/mckenzieinstituteusa.org/findaprovider today!

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