Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on all the goodness in our life, no matter what challenges we are currently faced with. For many, we gather and share stories and laughter with friends and family, while savoring good food and maybe even a warm fire. Others may long for connection, special food or a home that they do not have access to. Regardless of your situation, pause and take time to be grateful for the small things in life, those ordinary miracles that often go unnoticed: that smile from a stranger, that hot cup of coffee, a warm coat, birds singing, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, to name a few.
Remember, we see what we look for. If we look for problems we will certainly be able to recite a litany of them. When we shift our thoughts to looking for positives, chemical actually change in our body and our mood improves.
Thanksgiving is more than a day; it is the attitude of gratefulness all year long. In the hustle and bustle of life, consider taking time to write a daily gratitude list of 3 -5 things you appreciate.
Challenge yourself and write a letter of gratitude to someone who has made a difference in your life. You can mail it or better yet, schedule a time to read it to them.
Life is way too short. Savor every moment of it and take time to tell others how much you appreciate them!
Happy Thanksgiving today and all year long!