Gratitude: A Prescription for Health

Shell Point’s LifeQuest program reminds residents that maintaining a balance between the six dimensions of wellness is critical for overall health. A few months ago, Carol Clark, ARNP, offered her perspective on the relationship between the spiritual dimension of wellness and healthy living.


In her presentation entitled “Gratitude: A Prescription for Health,” Carol Clark cited findings by researchers at Columbia University who found that adopting a daily attitude of gratitude leads to improved immunity against diseases, better sleep, and a reduction of anxiety and depression.

“A lifestyle of gratitude produces positive neurotransmitters, such as melatonin, that allow us to relax and sleep,” Carol Clark shared. “A study published by the University of California in San Diego found that higher gratitude scores among asymptomatic heart patients were associated with better mood, higher sleep quality, more self-efficacy, and less inflammation.”

Shell Point’s clinical team emphasizes treatment through the creation of a holistic wellness plan that not only considers the body’s health, but also any illness related to the mind or spirit.

Carol Clark serves as director of Outpatient Services at Shell Point Retirement Community, and cares for residents at the J. Howard Medical Center and The Larsen Pavilion skilled nursing center.