“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
– Melody Beattie
Thanksgiving gives us an opportunity to be thankful for all the goodness and abundance we have and acquire in life. And this can be as varied as being thankful for all the loved ones in your life to the small garden patches you may pass everyday to work, and as far-reaching as sending love, light, and thanks to strangers overseas. There is never any shortage of items, experiences, people, and places to be thankful for and expressing this gratitude by saying “thank you” aloud. In fact, there are many health benefits that have been correlated to being in a state of gratitude and offering this thanks to others.
Achieve More Goals
Participants who kept gratitude lists were more likely to have made progress toward important personal goals (academic, health-based, and interpersonal) than those who did not.
Those who kept gratitude journals exercised more regularly, slept more deeply gaining more energy and reported fewer physical aliments.
Also staying in line with a daily gratitude practice of either journaling or list-making, people are more likely to help others with a personal problem or having offered emotional support to another, thus increasing one’s awareness with compassion.
So what are you grateful for today? What will you be grateful for when celebrating with family and friends this Thanksgiving holiday?
Source: Study cited from Benefit of Gratitude, Gratitude and Wellbeing