As we approach the season of Thanksgiving, we always look for reasons to be thankful. To have an attitude of gratitude should be a minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day event. As a Grandmother I find it very easy to be thankful when I look at the faces of my kids kids and see the adoration I feel for them expressed in their eyes right back at me.
I think back to the first Thanksgiving feast where some of the Pilgrims had survived their first harsh winter where many had succumbed to disease. Yet still they celebrated their first harvest and survival of a terrible time. They also celebrated the friendship and bond that was created with the Indians. Compared to what they went through, WOW! I can find no excuse to not be grateful. Cultivating this attitude of gratitude has many benefits, it may take effort but there are no dollars involved. (Unless you count the cost of the turkey and ours was only $6 this year!) Some benefits of being thankful are:
1.) Thanksgiving makes relationships healthy. Which would you rather be around? A cheerful person or a grouchy pants? A life full of appreciation radiates joy and attracts others.
2.) Thanksgiving improves physical health. Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains, they feel better and have better self esteem.
3.) Thanksgiving improves psychological health, decreases toxic emotions, increases happiness and decreases depression.
A friend recently asked me what I was thankful for. I said I was thankful that I’m thankful.The more you focus on gratitude, the stronger the gratitude muscle gets and you find more and more to be grateful for. Who are you thankful to? Some in Hollywood would say, the “universe.” How about the Creator of the Universe? Psalm 100:4-5 says “Enter his gates with Thanksgiving and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
Focus on thanksgiving and let it flow into all aspects of your life and you will have peace; whether in the terrible times or in the terrific times. God bless you, and yours!