Thanksgiving Gratitude

It is said that in order to receive, we must be thankful for what we already have.  Not just at Thanksgiving, but all year long.  I came across an article published by Forbes by Neale Godfrey that says that people who have an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ tend to be happier, healthier, and live longer.

Here are some highlights from the article that I found most interesting….

Gratitude can be taught and we can live it by example.  It’s even healthy for us and may counterbalance the damaging health effects of our overindulgence all year long, especially at Thanksgiving.  If we can extend the “thankful” part of our lives beyond “turkey day,” we may be happier, less stressed, and around to see many more turkey days with our loved ones. 

“Throughout history, philosophers and religious leaders have extolled gratitude as a virtue integral to health and well-being.  Now, through a recent movement called positive psychology, mental health professionals are taking a close look at how virtues such as gratitude can benefit our health. And they are reaping positive results… Grateful people take better care of themselves and engage in more protective health behaviors like regular exercise, a healthy diet, [and] regular physical examinations.”

Gratitude research is suggesting that feelings of thankfulness have a positive value in helping people cope with daily stressors at home and at work.   Think about it.  If you are grateful, you are probably more optimistic and that is a “… characteristic that researchers say boosts the immune system.  A report from The University of Queensland in Australia also supports the findings that, “A positive attitude can improve your immune system and may help you live longer.”

So let us carry our Thanksgiving gratitude throughout the whole year.

Wishing you and your family a Very Happy Thanksgiving.

Click here to read the entire article.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Annette
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