Amidst the sweet potatoes, turkey, and pumpkin pie is my favorite part of Thanksgiving – when everyone takes turns at the table sharing what we are most thankful for. I look forward to it every year. It brings a positive feeling to the table, and everyone just lights up.
Experiencing and expressing Gratitude enables us to open our hearts and even to activate the pleasure centers of our brains. Scientists have found that “habitually focusing on and appreciating the positive aspects of life is associated with well-being.” So why wait until Thanksgiving? We can practice giving thanks anytime, anywhere.
So why not start today? Try to find 3 ways to express your gratitude. A hug and a thank you to someone that has been there for you through tough times. A moment of silence or meditation to be grateful for the time you had and the life lessons you learned from someone that has passed. Gratitude for all the wonderful family & friends in your life, and those that watch over you from above. Thanks for the home, shelter and schools our children attend. For the teachers that enrich their lives. Thankful for the priceless gift of health, for the beauty of nature surrounding us. I could go on and on about the things to be grateful for. Because when we start to think of all the good in our lives and focus on that, they start to flood in. Focusing on the good or abundance, helps us to stop worrying about what our lives are missing. Perhaps Oprah said it best:
“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
So instead of giving thanks once a year at Thanksgiving, we can incorporate it into our everyday life. The things we do every day become our habits. Gratitude is one habit that we don’t need to break.
Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, author of the book The Perfect Metabolism Plan A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, you can see many of Sara’s segments on her media page. She also offers corporate nutrition, school programs, consultations, and affordable online eCourses. Download her free 40+ page Metabolism Jumpstart eBook here.
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