I'd like to say thanks...

Thursday 23rd November 2017 marks Thanksgiving in the United States.  The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by colonists and Native Americans in 1921, sharing an autumn harvest feast.  Nowadays Thanksgiving involves a turkey dinner, giving thanks, parades and American Football, and of course, the Black Friday sales the day after.

Research has shown that gratitude should not be limited to Thanksgiving.  Professor Robert Emmons has researched gratitude and conducted studies involving keeping 'gratitude' journals.  He's found the benefits to be overwhelming with improvements in physical, psychological and social wellbeing.  His book Thanks!: How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier documents these benefits and gives tips on how to make gratitude an everyday practice.  You can watch Professor Emmons here.
"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." - Oprah Winfrey
Brother David Steindl-Rast is a Benedictine monk and a leading figure in the worldwide gratitude movement.  He’s helping to create a gratitude movement via the Network for Grateful Living through an interactive online forum.  Listen to his interview with Oprah here.
“The root of joy is gratefulness...It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” - David Steindl-Rast
So as you go about your day today try to slow down, breathe and count your blessings.

I am grateful for all my readers who share this blogging journey with me.  Thank you!


Anonymous said…
Such a great sentiment. After reading the blog I received a message from a close family member thanking me for being a part of their life. Thanks for sharing, gratitude should be a daily ritual.

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