Scientific findings on gratitude and well-being 

If you’ve been following my previous posts, you probably know by now that I’m a big fan of practicing gratitude. I’ve seen my own outlook on life change for the better by expressing thanks to the universe for all I have rather than focus on lack (or perceived lack). 

I find myself a bit fascinated by the subject, particularly some of the scientific studies which have been done. UC Davis professor, Robert Emmons, Ph.D, has done some interesting studies on gratitude and well-being. Here’s is a summary of Dr.… Read more


Mark Etheredge is a keyboardist and vocalist who writes and performs his own brand of adult contemporary pop/smooth jazz music. In addition to his work as a solo artist, Etheredge has performed alongside notable artists such as Tom Politzer (Tower of Power), Danny Hull (Journey), Dr. Charlene Moore (Weather Girls), Jeanie Tracy (Two Tons of Fun), Charles Williams (Johnny Otis), Clifford Coulter (John Lee Hooker), Clare Fischer, Marsha Stevens, and more. His groups have opened for Bobby McFerrin, Sergio Mendes, Tuck and Patti, Betty Carter, Sheila Jordan, and numerous others.

Mark Etheredge grew up surrounded by diverse music. His mom played Mozart and Chopin while his brothers played The Beatles, Doobie Brothers and Bob Dylan. His mother was a school music teacher and choir director. He grew up singing in school and church choirs, but explored piano on his own terms. “My mom tried to get me take lessons, but I refused. I liked improvising and I just taught myself,” he says. Etheredge attended De Anza College and San Jose State University. On his music journey he absorbed a wide spectrum of genres including classical, jazz, pop, rock, gospel, Afro-Cuban, and Afro-Brazilian. 

Etheredge resides in Los Angeles and is a member of NARAS (The Grammys). He is currently working on his next album project.