About Lynn

lynn jaffeeLynn Jaffee is a licensed acupuncturist and the author of the book, Simple Steps: The Chinese Way to Better Health, a clear and concise explanation of Chinese medicine for the lay person. She is co-author of the book, The BodyWise Woman, a personal health manual for physically active women and girls. Read more about Lynn...

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Eight Benefits of Gratitude

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I love that we have a national holiday that is based on the concept of gratitude. There is something warm and fuzzy about gathering to share a Thanksgiving meal with the intention of celebrating the people and things in our lives for which we are grateful. Unfortunately, that mellow goodness that is Thanksgiving is cut far too short by the consumer nightmare of the day after, which is known as Black Friday.

Considered to be the beginning of the holiday shopping season, many people . . . → Read More: Eight Benefits of Gratitude

The Power of Gratitude

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Next week people in the United States will celebrate a holiday devoted to giving thanks; a day of gratefulness. While gratitude belongs on the menu every day, it’s still a wonderful thing that we can slow down, gather with family and/or friends and devote a day to the idea of thankfulness.

The benefits of gratitude are many, and their effects are far-reaching. Research in a growing segment of science is beginning to document the positive impact of gratitude. Among the benefits are increased mental alertness, better physical health, an . . . → Read More: The Power of Gratitude

Gratitude, Depression, and Chinese Medicine

Several years ago, Carl* came to my clinic because he wanted to try acupuncture for depression. Carl, a fiftyish businessman, felt that his life was a disaster and that the negative circumstances of his existence were the source of his depression. Carl hated his job, had difficulty with his co-workers, was single, and had few friends. During the time that I was seeing him, Carl relocated to a new community nearby, but he felt unhappy with the move. There was literally no part of Carl’s life . . . → Read More: Gratitude, Depression, and Chinese Medicine