May 19, 2019

Thanksgiving Week: A Time for Gratitude

Thanksgiving week is a time for gratitude. That’s why it’s one of my favorite times of the year. Late fall brings a noticeable change in the weather and the anticipation of the religious and commercial holiday season. But “Thanksgiving Day” is a time for families, good food and bringing a focus of our attention to all blessings for which we are grateful.

Gratitude―being specifically thankful for the positive in our lives…rather than dwelling on the negative―is perhaps one of the single most beneficial habits that a human can possess. This simple, yet profound, sentiment is associated with joy, happiness, well-being, better sleep, greater resiliency, more exercise, better physical health, less materialism, greater relationships and the list goes on. In fact, gratitude may be one of the principle components of civility that keeps humanity viable.

If you believe that you don’t have a habitual “attitude of gratitude”, you are allowed to “fake” having one. Privately start a list of all the things you are thankful for. This will likely turn into a daily journal entry, because there’s always something new that deserves a “thank you”. Focusing on the positive in your life and creating a habit of saying thank you to those around you will certainly create joy and good will. It will also strengthen your grateful attitude…which makes it more automatic to say “thank you”. This is a “win-win” strategy. You will be rewarded with joy and health and others will know that they are appreciated.

Here are “7 suggestions” to get you started:

  1. Write thank you letters or cards to others.
  2. Volunteer to help someone, as a way of saying “thanks”.
  3. If you have a religious faith or tradition; pray, meditate or be mindful, on a daily basis, of all for which you are thankful.
  4. Be observant and attempt to let no good deed go “un-thanked”.
  5.  Be a model for all of the children in your life by saying thank you to them…as often as you can.
  6. Celebrate birthdays and tell others you are grateful for their birth and that they make the world a better place.
  7. Prepare something special for Thanksgiving lunch or dinner and offer to carve the turkey, help feed the children or clean up after the meal.

Happy and safe Thanksgiving! Thank you for your supportive and kind words of encouragement to me. Please leave your comments. Until next time “claim your power and expand your dreams!” ~Dr. B

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