How Being Thankful can make you Happier and Healthier!

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday…

…it is a day full of feasts, creating memories with those you love, Turkey Trots, family traditions, football games and of course the delicious pie. 🙂

But, the best part of Thanksgiving is taking the time to truly be thankful for all of the blessings in our lives.

Currently, there is a lot of division and uncertainty in our country and world. Individually, we all have struggles both big and small. Yet, we all have so much to be thankful for. 

Being Thankful Can Make You Happier:

“I wish I was less happy…” said no one ever. We all seek happiness. Sometimes it can seem like we will be happy if [insert the blank].

But honestly, even if we reach that, we will still want more. One way to be happy outside of our circumstances, is to be thankful for what we have today. 🙂

According to Harvard.edu, expressing gratitude can make you happier! The article says:

In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

It is not hard to understand how this works. When we are focusing on the good, then we don’t have time to worry about the bad.

How to Be Thankful More than One Day a Year:

It is wonderful to be thankful on Thanksgiving. But for true change to happen, we need to be thankful more than one day a year.

My husband and I have a tradition that every night before dinner, we say one thing that we are grateful for.

Some days it may be a large thanks, like for our good health. Other days it is a small thanks, like for how delicious grapes are!

This tradition has become something that I look forward to daily.

When I take time to be thankful for my food, then I savor it more and enjoy it more!

When I take time to be thankful that I have legs that can run and arms that can lift, I enjoy my workout more and push myself harder!

As cliche as it sounds, life is so much fuller when we have an attitude of gratitude.

4 Easy Ways to Be Thankful with Your Family

1. Every night before dinner, have each member of the family say something that they are grateful for.

2. Take 10 minutes as a family to brainstorm what blessings you have in your life, big and small. Hang it on your fridge. Whenever someone is complaining, or feeling down, have them read the list.

3. Make a “Thank Tank.” Decorate a mason jar or other container as a family. Set out strips of paper and pens so that members of the family can write down what they are thankful for and save them in the “tank.”

4. Write thank you notes. Does your cashier at the grocery store greet you with a smile? Write him or her a thank you note. After becoming a parent, do you appreciate your parent’s patience with you? Write them a note! Not only will you feel happier by being thankful, but you can make someone else’s day as well!

Conclusion:

We don’t need to pretend that there is not hardship in our lives. That would be living a lie.But even when times are hard, we can still find some happiness by choosing something positiive to be grateful for.

We all are pursuing happiness. Thankfully, simply being grateful can get us there.

What are you thankful for? Share in the comments below!

 

Sources:

Harvard.edu