It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given.
Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. In addition, behavioral and psychological research has shown the surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude.
Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress.
Things I Am Thankful For
- Life. How cool is that I’m actually here, in this world?
- Love. It’s completely magical and amazing, isn’t it?
- Music. It’s one of those things I literally cannot live without.
- Magic. Just read a quote saying magic is in everything. So true!
- Seasons. Spring, summer, winter, fall — love ’em all!
- Acceptance. I’m so thankful to those who accept me for who I am.
- Blogs. I love writing mine and I love all the blogs I read on a regular basis.
- Laughter. There is little better in the world than the laugh-so-hard-you-cry feeling.
- Holidays. There’s something incredibly exciting about them (especially Halloween!!!!).
- Sunshine. I don’t see too much of it today, but I love, love, love when the sun’s shining.
- Smiles. I love giving them and getting them. As Buddy the Elf says, “Smiling’s my favorite!”
- Hope. Sometimes it’s hard to find, but it’s always there, waiting to lift me up.
- Passion. One of the best things: seeing someone passionate about what they do or who they love.
- Dreams. Both the daytime or nighttime variety are pretty cool.
- Kindness. Even the smallest act or word can change a day around…
- Sleep. There’s nothing like a soft pillow and a warm blanket after a long, hard day.
- Freedom. Another thing I often take for granted, but am SO lucky to have.
- Inspiration. There’s nothing quite like coming across something that inspires you.
- Good News. We all know there’s a lot of bad news out there, so it’s great to hear the good stuff.
- Respect. One of the best things we can do is respect others — and ourselves.
- Gratitude. Without it, I don’t think I would be nearly as happy as I am right now.
- Time. I’ve already spent a pretty good amount of time being me, and I’m thankful for that.
- Memories. I don’t like to dwell too much on the past, but it’s awesome to look back sometimes.
- Joy. It’s something that is all around us — we just have to look for it.
- Creativity. It’s such a great feeling to make something and know it came from your heart.
- For you for reading this post, thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours
Here in the US, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving this month. It is the perfect time to reflect on gratitude. Gratitude is the feeling of thankfulness and appreciation.
It is more of an attitude than anything else. When we are in a grateful state it allows us to be more humble and less self-centered, even for just a moment. Naomi Williams says, “It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.”
As Thanksgiving approaches we tend to take our Blessings for Granted, forgetting that there are so many others in the world who do not have the amazing gifts we are granted in our lives.
I hope that as you read through this list you take a moment to reflect and be truly thankful for each item you have in your life, and consider all the others that are not listed here….
Children…. (your own or others) – Children can teach us so much about living. You need only watch a child’s free-spirit for a moment to see the pure joy they hold inside. Children living in the moment, without much regard for what has happened in the past. They love openly, without restriction, and they take pleasure in every thing they do. If you have children of your own, enjoy them every chance you get because they grow for too quickly and before you know it that time is gone. If you do not have children find ways to enjoy others, or embrace the values that they live by and find a way to incorporate them into your life. You will be amazed by how much you can learn from a child if you are willing.
Kind strangers – The kindness of strangers can be a magical thing. Look around you and observe all the wonderful things that people do for each other every day. These kind acts may not always be easy to spot, but they are there, and they are making a difference. When it happens to you, you will know it, and when you do it for someone else it may change their life. Always be aware of those around you, and be thankful for their kindness even when you can’t see it with your eyes.
Freedom of speech – A great number of us live in a world where we can say what we feel without much worry. This is a benefit that is not often thought of deeply. Imagine living if you couldn’t express your opinions freely without fear of punishment should someone else disagree.Freedom of speech is wonderful, and it is something I am thankful for, because without it I wouldn’t be able to write or say half the things I do.
Modern medicine – This is a benefit that is taken for granted so often. Modern medicine saves lives every single day, and is advancing regularly to help save even more. Many countries don’t have access to these resources and people suffer and die unnecessarily. Be thankful that you live in a place that allows you access to these things, it truly is a blessing.
Your ancestors and your parents – Without them you would not exist. Many of our ancestors, and possibly even our parents, struggled and fought so that we could live life. Learn about your family history if possible and appreciate all that your ancestors did in order to survive and thrive. Appreciate your parents as well, even if they are no longer together, or if your relationship is not well, realize that it is because of the two of them that you are alive and able to live at this moment. If nothing else, you can be grateful for that.
Siblings – Brothers and sisters can be a real pain in the butt, but they are the people who know you best, and who will always be there for you no matter what. Cherish the bond that siblings can have, and make an effort to strength this relationship as often as possible.
Sunrises and Sunsets – The beauty of the sun, the warmth it brings, and the beginnings and the ends that it represents are something to be thankful for. Take time to watch a sunrise/sunset and revel in the beauty of the thing that keeps us warm and alive.
Shelter – A roof over your head is another thing you should be grateful for. It is an obvious one, but we often take for granted that many people throughout the world don’t have this benefit.
Good conversations – Be grateful for good conversations. There are people who can not speak, or can not hear to be able to enjoy such things. A good talk can lighten your heart and open your mind.
This Moment – Most of all be thankful for THIS MOMENT RIGHT NOW… There will never be another like it, so make it count!
Make Sure You Help Others this Thanksgiving so they can have A Memorable One!
Feed families with pocket change
According to a recent government report, 49 million Americans went hungry last year, so you can bet that many families are facing slim pickings for Thanksgiving this year. Help change this by participating in Feeding America’s Hungry People By donating $1, you can provide seven meals this holiday, and $50 will provide 32530 meals for hungry families.
Sponsor a Family in Need
Thanksgiving is only one day out of the year that U.S. families go hungry. Why not do a little to help one family a lot during the whole year? Family-to-family.org can help you connect with individual families that you can help by providing food, clothing and other necessities throughout the year. Or, open a family-to-family branch in your area.
Deliver a Thanksgiving meal to housebound neighbors
Don’t forget seniors or the seriously ill during this holiday. By volunteering with a local Meals on Wheels Program to bring a hot dinner to those who may not be able to join family or friends. They’ll appreciate the food and, more importantly, the time you share with them at their homes.
Send a holiday care package to a soldier abroad
Our service men and women who are out of the country during Thanksgiving often long for the comforts of home. By sending a care package through Any Soldier, you can show them your gratitude for their duty and make them feel loved. Any Soldier has provided care packages to 96,371 service members and has an extensive list of popular items that have been requested by soldiers if you need ideas for what to include in your package.
Thanksgiving mostly brings thoughts of food and family for all of us, but not many of us actually take the time to truly be thankful for all that we have on this special day. What are You Thankful For?
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and make lots of new memories with your families.
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