Friday, November 18, 2016

A time to give thanks

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving – a day for family gatherings, friends, turkey, pumpkin pie, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, football and most importantly; a day set aside for expressions of gratitude and acts of kindness. And no matter how we celebrate the day, giving thanks is the common thread that runs through it all. That’s a good thing.

Thanksgiving gives me a forum to openly express my thanks to family and friends seated around the dinner table; tell them how much good they bring to my life, how much their support continues to make the journey easier and how much they mean to me. The reality is that expressing gratitude and acts of kindness should not just be reserved for Thanksgiving. It should be all year round; not just for the sake of doing it, but because it’s sincere and meaningful. It doesn’t cost a thing and yet difference a simple “thank you” can make in someone’s life is priceless. Here’s the bonus – expressing gratitude and thanks is good for you! Studies show that the benefits of expressing gratitude can improve physical health, emotional health, make you more optimistic, help you sleep better and even live longer.

It’s not always easy to express gratitude. Face, it, life is not always kind; bad things happen and sometimes we are engulfed in negativity. But I read an article the other day that basically said there is always something to be grateful for; you just need to look for it. It’s worth a try.

With wishes for the happiest of Thanksgivings to all, I leave you with two quotes that I believe sum it all up. Enjoy.


“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”    John F. Kennedy

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward

Posted by MJ Thomas

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