A Time for Thankfulness and Gratitude

Although we should express our thankfulness and gratitude on a regular basis all through the year, Thanksgiving is an occasion when we make a time for thankfulness and gratitude. Thanksgiving reminds us to be mindful of what you have to be thankful for.

Thanksgiving and thankfulness

It all starts with asking yourself “what am I thankful for today?” Expressing gratitude forces you out of a bad mood and starts you on a positive upward path. The act of expressing your gratitude (even thinking about doing so) lifts your spirits, because you are thinking about lifting someone else’s spirits. 

It’s easy to forget the things we should be thankful for. It only takes one thing to identify being thankful for to get things going in the right direction.  Identifying what we are grateful for leads to a sense of well being and generates positive emotions.

Fall flowers and dried corn
Fall flowers and dried corn

Every new day is a gift that should be appreciated and enjoyed. Consider keeping a journal. Keeping a journal forces you to organize your thoughts. I’ve done a daily journal for a number of years now.

This is based in part on an article I read recently in Inc. magazine

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