Brain Research on GRATITUDE...for Thanksgiving

Turns out, all that sniveling thanks giving is GOOD FOR YOUR BODY and your MOOD.

Research at the University of California, Davis reveals the many benefits of practicing gratitute.

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Directions On How To Find The Topic Summary

Please go to the top of the Ethical Philosophy homepage at

under the "Y" in PhilosophyY, is a button labeled “ More “

click on it and a dropdown menu will appear.  “Files” will be an option.

Click on “ Files ” and the file at the top (in both MS Word and pdf) should be the one.

Double click on it and that is your reading assignment / educational opportunity for the meeting.    

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  • Larry M.

    Thanks Stephanie. I think that I agree, but (remember, I always have a but) I also suspect that I would have enjoyed helping people more if I could have just enjoyed giving without resenting the person asking for so many shovels. Happy holidays. I hope to see all of you in May when Maggie & I return to Portland.

    November 25, 2013

  • Stephanie G.

    Walking back home after the meetup I was contemplating Larry's situation with the shovels. If Larry's intention was to alleviate fellow human suffering (which I assume it was), then seeing another human choose to take advantage of that action, and choosing to try to profit from a disaster would be very justifiably infuriating. Watching another human profit (thus adding to the suffering of others who may not now get what they needed) should elicit a response. Larry, I personally don't feel your action or irritation was unjustified, wrong, or immoral in any way. I think it was an indication of your attempt to alleviate human suffering being counteracted by greed. It was a direct response to ingratitude being returned for a gracious act.

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • Gayle M.

    Actually, this is a big fat unlikely maybe unless something changes .... so everyone have a good session!

    November 22, 2013

    • Richard M.

      Sorry, can I help? Wanna a ride? Of course you'll have to sit through a Quaker discussion on "Why are we here and Where do we go after death?"

      November 23, 2013

  • Marky

    Can't make it, gotta work. (Damn, 'cuz it's one of my favorite topics.) Where's the file on that brain research, Richard? Philosophically speaking: Cicero wrote, "Gratus animus est una virtus non solum maxima, sed etiam mater virtutum onmium reliquarum."
    (Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, it's the mother of all the others.) Of course, Cicero (which in classical Latin is actually pronounced "KEEK-er-oh" and in current Italian "CHEE-cheer-oh") also said, "Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book." The more things change, the more they stay the same....

    November 23, 2013

    • Richard M.

      Life sucks, I think I'll write a book. Thanks

      November 23, 2013

  • Richard M.

    My summary is now posted on MORE > FILES. But if you want to get them directly, send me your email address and I'll add you the list of "elite" members.

    November 23, 2013

  • Christopher G.

    Yes, I'm full of thanks and gratitude just to be free of pain, like the good Epicurean that I am. BTW, it would be interesting to see the brain scans of Bill Gates, since no one has more to be thankful for. His scans would no doubt glow with such vibrancy that brain researchers probably wouldn't want to risk it, as it could cause a power failure throughout the city.

    November 20, 2013

  • Richard M.

    Hi Harriet, I don't know what "good moral principles" might be, that is why we have to talk about them. Every society has different principles which are based upon what that society decides is "good." They differ wildly between societies and over time. Plato would be jailed in Portland today, so should most popes. Fortunately, we are all Epicurean Hedonists so at least we have a good time.

    1 · November 11, 2013

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