Thanksgiving and Gratitude

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Thanksgiving is upon us here in the USA. This year we have been able to celebrate Thanksgiving twice. We were with dear friends in Canada in October and now with friends and neighbors. While this year has had some challenges for us, and for many others, we are truly thankful for all the friends and family we have. My family live quite far away and as we’ve gotten older, my siblings tend to want to create their own family traditions. My husband, being Canadian, has embraced Thanksgiving in November, while his family celebrates in October. So our tradition has evolved to involve friends and neighbors.


Whatever you tradition is, an element that is crucial for a happy Thanksgiving is the act of being grateful and giving thanks. The New York Times wrote this week about that: “Cultivating an “attitude of gratitude” has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others, including romantic partners. A new study shows that feeling grateful makes people less likely to turn aggressive when provoked, which helps explain why so many brothers-in-law survive Thanksgiving without serious injury.” (This last bit is humorous, and also very true!)

Giving thanks doesn’t have to be long or drawn out. As I’ve mentioned on my Gratitude in 6 Words page, capturing the essence for you is what is key. I challenge you to think of what you may be especially grateful for today, and every day, and jot down the 6 words that symbolize your gratitude. You may find yourself being kinder!


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