Amidst the busyness of life, it is easy to forget the little things that contribute to our overall health and wellness.  Gratitude, defined as an appreciation of the good things in one’s life, is one of those often-overlooked things. Recent research in quantum science and psychology, however, indicates that one of the most powerful components of a healthy existence can be found in the practice of gratitude.  

Quantum physics is the study of matter and energy at the most microscopic level to understand the building blocks of nature. Recent discoveries in the field have provided insights into the transformative capacity of gratitude to enhance health, relationships and overall well-being. By studying the behavior of particles, scientists have begun to understand how gratitude, which is viewed as a form of energy, shapes physical reality, both on individual and collective levels.  For instance, in quantum theory there is a concept known as “quantum entanglement,” which describes how two particles far apart can become linked together in an intimate manner.  It has been found that expressing gratitude to someone has the capability to link individuals in a similar way, forming bonds of mutual appreciation and understanding. Moreover, gratitude can be used to manifest positive change in our environment, thus opening the door for greater appreciation, love and abundance.  

The field of positive psychology also has confirmed the benefits of gratitude on our physical, emotional and mental well-being, for example, lowered stress levels and blood pressure, improved sleep and immune system function, increased feelings of connectedness, and higher levels of optimism, resilience and joy. Indeed, according to Robert Emmons, PhD, professor of psychology at UC Davis, clinical trials indicate that gratitude can have dramatic and long-lasting effects on a person’s vitality in multiple areas.

It is clear that establishing a mindful practice of gratitude supports overall health and wellness in a variety of ways. It is to our benefit, therefore, to explore ways to incorporate gratitude into our daily lives. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach, some possible ideas include writing down two to three things to be thankful for each day, meditating on gratefulness and engaging in random acts of kindness. One practice I have found works well is setting aside a few minutes in the morning when I awake, and in the evening before I go to sleep, to be grateful for the goodness in my life and for my life in general. While making gratitude a habit may seem challenging at first, making even a small effort can result in a surprisingly large impact. And that is something for which to be grateful!

Dr. Guthrie acquired her ministerial credential and a doctorate of consciousness studies from Emerson Theological Institute and currently serves at the Spiritual Center of the Desert. Guthrie also holds a doctoral degree in kinesiology and served as a faculty member and chair of the Department of Kinesiology at CSU – Long Beach for 25 years. For more information, visit

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