10 Ways #Gratitude Helps You #MondayBlogs

huggington-postBeing grateful helps us physically and psychologically. I love this diagram from Huffington Post, and the detailed sources below it.

To sum it up, the good feeling we experience when we engage in the practice of gratitude can be related to how our body functions.

What are the benefits?


  1. The brain calms down.
  2. The heart pumps more efficiently.
  3. Our lungs breathe more easily.
  4. We tend to be more active increasing our chances of slimming down.
  5. Our immunity response is strengthened.

And then there are Psychological Benefits too. Check out the diagram.






Highlights from my Gratitude Journal for this week:

I am grateful for:

Monday – good neighbours, who make my little part of the world feel safe and secure

Tuesday (which was launch day) – friends who support me through formatting glitches and remind me there’s a real world out there that’s still turning

Saturday ~ for hitting #9 in SciFi and Fantasy New Releases~ for ten wonderful early reviews from my new release, A Viking Ghost for Valentine’s Day ~ for my husband’s knowledge of computers, which once again bailed me out of trouble (I had downloaded an app wrong and jammed my machine.)

How Grateful I am for Readers

I love my readers. They make my writing world spin. I can’t thank you enough for being there, reading my stuff and encouraging me.


Huffington Post

Feature picture – Pixabay

Meme put together on Canva

shutterstock_104723360 (1)How about you. Want to share how gratitude makes you feel?



Want to participate in Gratitude Gathering?

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

About Jo-Ann Carson Where magic happens … Reports of Jo-Ann Carson’s death on a Gulf Island are greatly exaggerated or, at the very least, premature. The eclectic crew of ghosts that haunt her head spill onto the page in two series: The Gambling Ghosts and The Ghost & Abby Mysteries. A Viking with existential issues, a broken hearted Highlander, a Casanova man-witch and a Pirate with a secret are just a few of the males her strong heroines encounter in tales of fantasy, adventure and romance. A firm believer in the magic of our everyday lives, Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, walking beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest and reading by the fire. You can visit her on social media: Website * Blog * Twitter * Facebook

5 thoughts on “10 Ways #Gratitude Helps You #MondayBlogs”

  1. Gratitude helps me be more grounded – I feel lighter in my body, mind and spirit when I’m aware of my gratitude of what I have in my life. Every day is a gift and I am so grateful to be alive, to accept today’s gifts to learn, to share, to be.


    1. Thanks Marion Ann,
      I’m thinking of having a Gratitude Blog Party next Monday. We would all blog about gratitude and be linked on my post through Inlinkz. Would you be interested?
      all the best,


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