Happy Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is always the fourth Thursday in November. This is a day when people in the United States enjoy a meal with family and friends and give thanks for their many blessings.
Gratitude does not need to be limited to one day of the year. Scientists are seeing the health benefits of practicing gratitude. People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they’re thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems. UC Davis psychologist Robert Emmons, says that simply keeping a journal—regularly writing brief reflections on moments for which you’re thankful—can significantly increase well-being and life satisfaction.
Writing down one to three things you’re grateful for each day can be beneficial. The best way to do this is to notice new things you’re grateful for every day. Gratitude journaling works because it slowly changes the way we perceive situations by adjusting what we focus on. Most people are grateful for family and health but writing this day after day will not keep your brain alert for fresh grateful moments. You need to be specific each day. For example:
I am grateful for:
arriving at my destination safely
seeing friends I have not seen for over 20 year
eating a delicious salad for dinner.
Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has – as opposed to a consumer-driven emphasis on what one wants. Studies show that people can deliberately cutivate gratitude and increase well-being and happiness by doing so.
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