Earlier this year I read a post that said: "What if when you woke up tomorrow, you only had the things you gave thanks for, today?"
Somehow this statement really impacted me. I found myself, audibly expressing thanks for those things I did not want to be without tomorrow. Strangely they ended up being people, living spaces, and basic lifestyle needs.
In positive psychology research, gratitude is associated with greater happiness. It appears to help people feel more positive emotions, enjoy their experiences, improve their health, deal with challenges, and build strong relationships.
The book, Everyday Gratitude, Inspiration for Living Life as a Gift, states that when we're able to live gratefully, with gratitude as the lesson for our daily experiences, we notice what is already present and abundant in our lives, from the tiniest things of beauty, to the grandest of our blessings.
Living gratefully makes us aware of and available to opportunities to learn, grow, and to extend ourselves with care and compassion. We can see that life itself is a gift, and that small, grateful acts every day can uplift us, make a difference for others, and help change the world.
My prayer is that on this Thanksgiving Day, and every day, you and I will take some time to sit quietly and reflect on all that we are grateful for, finding joy in the tiniest of things, and the grandest of blessings; and that we find a way to make a difference in the world.
I am grateful for you,
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