The dictionary defines Thanksgiving as “the expression of gratitude.” Every year, millions of Canadian families come together for Thanksgiving to give thanks and to celebrate family, friends and connection. Most of us don’t need any encouragement to gather and celebrate, but here’s one more reason to honor the Thanksgiving tradition—being grateful is actually good for you.
Gratitude is an immensely powerful force that we can use to expand our happiness, create loving relationships, and even improve our health. It begins within the mind, but as it takes hold of our daily life, it will expand to fill each crevice of our soul, leaving us fuller and happier than before. As we know, a happy mind is key to a happy body. By counting our blessings, taking pleasure from the simpler things and acknowledging everything that we receive, we will be able to broaden our horizons to more positivity than before, a contributing factor in the pursuit of happiness.
“Happiness means finding beauty every day.” ~ Dr. Howard Murad
3 Easy Ways to Practice Gratitude:
Before getting out of bed in the morning, be thankful for the comfort of your bed, the roof over your head, a good night’s sleep, and the day ahead of you. Another great way to practice gratitude is to keep a Gratitude Journal. Write about the people in your daily life or about a joyful experience. Write these down at around the same time every day so it becomes habit for you.
By practicing gratitude, you become more open to receive all the good that life has to offer. Abundance will flow into your life, presenting you with opportunities you had never even imagined.
We rarely give ourselves the credit we deserve. And, often we spend exponentially more time focused on helping or pleasing others, while ignoring our own needs. We practice self-love so we can push through our limiting beliefs and live a life that truly shines. Making yourself a priority is important – and many people find it challenging.
Say thank you often.
Whether it be the person who holds the door open for you, or even a driver that lets you merge ahead of them, thanking people is not only about making them feel good. By appreciating other people, you are truly appreciating the goodness in the world.
“Be thankful for what you have – you’ll be more open to receive all the good that life has to offer.” ~ Dr. Howard Murad