This is the one time of the year that the government officially allows us to be thankful for what we have. I have, however, long believed that being thankful for what we have is a great thing to do all year long. Indeed, I have created a gratitude log that I write in each evening to remember what I am thankful for.
I also came across an article that shows that being thankful is good for the health. Here is a brief excerpt.
Does your hapiness depend on your circumstances—or your attitude? I’ve asked myself that question so many times that I could relate when Kate, a woman in her mid-40s who was talking to me for the first time, couldn’t figure out why she wasn’t happy. “I’ve got a great guy, I’ve just gotten engaged, and I am still not happy,” she said. “What’s wrong?” I suggested that she would feel much better if she developed an attitude of gratitude, the ability to focus on what’s good and right in life.
Try it yourself.
First, on a scale of one to ten, with one being blah and ten being the best you ever felt, give yourself a number. Next, write down or think about the things you’re grateful for. Now rate yourself again. Did your number go up, even a little?
At every moment (and particularly during the holidays), you have a choice to look at what’s right or wrong with yourself and your life. Gratitude is like a flashlight, shining on what’s good. When you turn it on, you feel happier, no matter what else is going on.
The great thing about the gratitude flashlight: It works no matter who you are—young or old, fat or thin, rich or poor, sick or well. All you need to do is turn it on.
6 ways to do gratitude
- At dinnertime, take a moment to say one thing you are thankful for. Be specific.
- Remember why you love your spouse, kids, and friends when they’re annoying or frustrating you.
- Don’t compare other people’s lives with yours. When you’re envious, ask yourself, “How can I create more in me of what I see in them?”
- Give thanks for your body. What can you appreciate about it right now?
- Look for the hidden blessings in challenges. How have you grown?
- Practice daily. Keep a gratitude journal and e-mail it to a gratitude partner, someone with whom you want to share positive thoughts.
To read the entire article, click here
This year, I am thankful for my friends, family, my life, and all the joy in the difficult and the easy days. I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving. After all,
“Thanksgiving is therapy we all need to keep cognizant of the blessings and the beauty of living.” E.B. Powell