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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 5B 00oun - i) l "ir!gs." Your health ctepends on it C-FORCE HEALTH AND FITNESS CHUCK NORRIS info@creators,com By the time you read this, you&apos;ll no doubt be in some form of recovery from Thanksgiving. So let me add a late but sincere toast to your health and happiness as you move forward into the holiday season. What I ask is that you stop for a moment and refect on those fresh memories of the holiday characterized by family gatherings and giving thanks. I wish for you all that, in taking that moment, you can fred a large portion of leftover gratitude from the events of Thanksgiving. It turns out that it's just the thing you may need in the month ahead, which is so characterized by rampant consumerism and runaway stress -- forces so dampening to the holiday spirit and meaning. It starts with Black Friday, a marketing day designed to stoke impulse buying, increase our desire and lessen our self-control by playing upon our innate response to cries of scarcity (only x number left at this price!) and limited offers (sale ends today!). What can we, as shoppers, do to resist such a siren song? Recent research suggests that a good way to prevent overspending and overstressing is by cultivating the emotion of gratitude. As noted in a recent opinion piece in The New York Times by psychology professor David DeSteno of Northwestern University, the solution to shopping excesses may lie in the essential message of Thanksgiving itself; it is believed that gratitude is a mode to enhancing patience and self-control. It was also found that feeling happy, though important, doesn't do much to enhance patience. Feeling grateful, on the other hand, does the trick. Through counting our blessings, we open a greater gift than any to be found in even a bounty of gift-wrapped boxes. This reminder of the power of gratitude should make us all think a bit more about the role of attitude in delivering us the gift of good health and a happy life. Study after study shows that happiness is a gateway to good health. Researchers have come to believe that a positive mental state has a direct effect on the body by reducing damaging physical processes that lead to illness. For example, a 2012 review by the Harvard School of Public Health of more than 200 studies found a connection between positive psychological attributes -- such as happiness, optimism and life satisfaction -- and a lowered risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as lower levels of inflammation, a factor in many forms of disease. This is partly because of the power of a positive  attitude in changing behavior. I have often talked about and always believed in the power of positive imagery. It is behind everything I have accomplished in life and any happiness I have achieved. The Harvard study demonstrated that for those who have a good sense of well-being, it becomes easier to maintain good habits, such as exercising, eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep. People who have an optimistic mindset are likelier to engage in healthy behaviors because they perceive them as helpful in achieving their goals. It is the gift we must embrace and pass on to our Children. A recent study at the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance, a leading authority on wellness, has found that a child's emotional health is far more important to his or her satisfaction levels as an adult than previously believed; this includes academic achievement when young and wealth when older. The study challenges the age-old assumption in education that academic achievement matters more than anything else. Among the study's concluding notes: "By far the most important predictor of adult life-satisfaction is emotional health, both in childhood and subsequently. We f'md that the intellectual performance of a child is the least important childhood predictor of life-satisfaction as an adult." When it comes to the simple directive through the ages from parents to children to "count your blessings," it turns out to be not only good advice but also advice that helps make our brains and bodies healthier. "There is a magnetic appeal to gratitude," notes Robert Emmons, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis and a pioneer in gratitude research. "It speaks to a need that's deeply entrenched. "Gratitude serves as a corrective," Emmons adds. To reap the benefits, we must go beyond a passing "Hey, thanks" and establish it as a dally ritual, be it a prayer or meditation. This concerted, consistent effort to notice and appreciate the good things flowing to us has the power to change us and our lives for the better on many levels. From a health standpoint, such a practice has been associated with improved kidney function, reduced blood pressure and stress hormone levels, and a stronger heart. "A grateful stance toward life is relatively immune to both fortune and misfortune," Emmons concludes. "We see the blessings, not just the curses." Write to Chuck Norris ( with questions about health and fitness. Copyright 2014 Chuck Norris Distributed by PG&E offers tips for safe holiday cooking As families and friends tasting food this holiday-- gather for holiday meals and and if you start clean there is parties, Pacific Gas and less to do after your meal. Electric Co. offers advice on Plug in smart by using staying safe ec .o_jig. three-pronged plugs and not Unfoi-tunatel6St . ; ....... overloading an outlet with all. cooking-related kitcheri your'holiday lights -- you ' i fh-es Occur during the can also use timers to save on holiday season, your energy bill. Start with a clean oven and Check the connections to range top to reduce the risk all gas appliances before your of a grease t'n:e and better company arrives expecting cookies -- taking the time now will keep your family safe and warm as demand on these appliances increases. Clear the range of anything flammable-includm,h towels; pot'holders aria recipe cards -- this is one of the easiest yet most important safety steps you can take to protect your home from fire. Have an emergency plan for more than just burning the turkey -- create a household emergency preparedness plan and share the plan with house guests this holiday season. Never use a turkey fryer indoors. When using outdoors, keep the fryer a safe distance away from flammables, children and pets. Kathy Williams (right), Plumas County clerk-recorder and registrar of voters, and Melinda Rother, assistant Plumas County clerk-recorder, use donations from county and court employees to purchase food for local families in need. Photo submitted County emr Ioyees spearhead Thanksgiving donation effort With the Indian Valley Crisis Center closing, The Resource Center's Quincy office was faced with a much bigger need than in years before. When two county employees learned this, they stepped forward and encouraged others to help "in true Plumas County fashion." Going door to door among the offices in the county courthouse in Quincy, Kathy Williams, Plumas County clerk-recorder and registrar of voters, and Melinda Rother, assistant clerk-recorder, requested donations from county employees and California Superior Court employees to support families in need. The women report they were able to raise $740 to purchase 40 turkeys, eight cases of mashed potatoes, four cases of green beans, four cases of stuffing, four cases of cranberries and four cases of sweet potatoes. Sav-Mor Foods in East Quincy donated 16 pies. 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