The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing

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Gratitude and Thanks

Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAONL, FAAN

It is November again! This year seems to have flown by in a blur. Yet, we can probably recall moments and people who made it a great year. Each of us has some meaningful event or people in our lives who make a strong impression on us, even though the precipitation for remembering them isn't so dramatic. We are grateful for these people and these moments because they help us see the benefit of connections.

Gratitude, defined by Merriam-Webster (2019), is the state of being grateful or thankfulness. If you are a regular reader of The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, you know that we typically thank our reviewers and board and the publishers who work with us in November. The reason, of course, is that we are thankful for the work they all do. In addition to the public recognition of our team, we benefit personally, according to research findings with which we may not be familiar.

When Emmons and McCullough (2003) published their early studies about gratitude, they elevated the importance of being grateful. In case you are new to the concept of gratitude, however, here is what Emmons and McCullough found. During a 10-week experience, participants were divided into three groups—those who were to write about things they were grateful for; those who were to write about the things that irritated them; and those who just wrote about events (good or bad). In addition to being more optimistic, participants in the group who wrote about positive events were less likely to seek health care services and more likely to exercise than either of the other groups' participants!

If this Thanksgiving you find yourself focused on shopping the next day, or considering how stressful you think the December holiday season will be, or feeling sad, depressed, alone, or unconnected to others, consider your own 10-week experiment. At the end of the day, instead of planning your next day, add in one small step: record who or what made a positive difference for you today.

Living in today's world is fairly stressful, so we need to help ourselves as much as possible to see the hope of tomorrow. Being grateful is one strategy.

The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing is grateful for all our authors. Without your contributions, we wouldn't exist for another 50 years. In addition, we are grateful for three special groups of people:

  • Our editorial board, which includes our associate editors and special consultants.
  • Our reviewers.
  • Our publishing team.


Here is who they are:

Deputy Editor

  • Debra Hagler

Editorial Advisory Board

  • Patricia Allen

  • Myrna Armstrong

  • Lynore DeSilets

  • Pamela Dickerson

  • W. Dean Care

  • Bette Case Di Leonardi

  • Cheryl Christ-Libertin

  • Debra Hastings

  • Barbara Lubejko

  • Mary Beth Mathews

  • Kristi Menix

  • Patricia Messmer

  • Debra Hagler

  • Mary Schubert

  • Karen Rice

  • Elaine Smith

  • Karran Thorpe

Special Consultants

  • Suzanne Johnson

  • Barbara Petrie

Research and Statistics

  • Joan Such Lockhart

Associate Editors

Administrative Angles

  • Jean Shinners

Leadership and Development

  • Michael Bleich

  • Jan Jones-Schenk

Teaching Tips

  • Diane Billings

  • Karren Kowalski

Review Panel

  • Gerry Altmiller

  • Marsha Bennett

  • Jan Buhmann

  • Cynthia Cappel

  • Barbara Chamberlain

  • Jennie De Gagne

  • JoAnn DelMonte

  • Marie Driever

  • Jessica Dzubak

  • Laura Fennimore

  • Sandy Forrest

  • Jennifer Graebe

  • Lisa Guthrie

  • Youngshook Han

  • Desiree Hensel

  • Sara Horton-Deutsch

  • Edna Hull

  • LeAnn Johnson

  • Mary Louise Kanaskie

  • Mary Koithan

  • Janet Krejci

  • Kristine L'Ecuyer

  • Evelyn Lengetti

  • Irene Macyk

  • Cheryl Mallory

  • Manolo Moneda

  • Marthe Moseley

  • Janet O'Brien

  • Rebecca Riznyk

  • Sheri Ross

  • Harriet Seigel

  • Sallie Shipman

  • John Thain

  • Laura Thomas

  • Shelley Watters

  • Daniel Weberg

  • Susan Wesmiller

  • Kathleen Williamson

  • Margarete Zalon

  • Jeffrey Zurlinden

The Slack Publishing Team

  • Jaime M. Clayton

  • Nicole Rundell

  • Dawn Barber

Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAONL, FAAN


  • Emmons, R.A. & McCullough, M.E. (2003). Counting blessings versus burdens: An experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84(2), 377–389. doi:10.1037/0022-3514.84.2.377 [CrossRef]12585811
  • Gratitude. (2019). In Merriam-Webster's online dictionary (11th ed.). Retrieved from


The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.


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