Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Although it officially comes just once a year, I think we should bring the spirit of Thanksgiving into our everyday experience. After all, what we’re really talking about is gratitude and giving thanks. Much has been written about the benefits of gratitude. Research suggests that gratitude can increase your happiness and sense of well-being, improve your psychological and physical health, and enhance the quality of your sleep. When you express appreciation, it can also help you build relationships and enhance your workplace environment. Make giving thanks an everyday practice.
You can start each day with a ritual of gratitude. At the same time every morning, think of three things you’re grateful for. You might do this the moment you wake up, or when you’re on your way to work, or right before you check your emails. Similarly, when you’re in a bad mood or feeling stressed, take a moment to think of three things you’re grateful for. You can use an app or a journal, or simply make a mental note. In addition, make it a practice to thank others. Think about ways to express your gratitude to them – perhaps you can send them a note or a meaningful gift, do something thoughtful for them, or just spend some quality time together. I wish you a happy Thanksgiving, 365 days a year.
On a personal note: This year, my family has decided to travel across the country to celebrate Thanksgiving with my mom, who is almost 91 years old. We’ve decided to express our love and gratitude by spending time with her and preparing a special meal to share with her. When you don’t get a blog post from me next Wednesday, you’ll know where I am – spending time with my family, cooking, laughing, and being together, filled with gratitude.
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