In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I decided to make November a month of gratitude.
This supports my journey to joy and our happiness project at work. So far, I’ve been practicing gratitude several times each day.
What does Thanksgiving mean to you? The word literally means giving thanks or the expression of gratitude. How often do we stop to “give thanks” for all the good in our lives? I personally am blessed with a circle of loving friends and family, a cozy house, plenty of food, an enjoyable job and enough money to pay my bills and save too.
As I have previously written, Blue Zoo Creative has undertaken a team project to boost happiness. One of my favorite exercises is to practice gratitude several times each day. Each time that I stop to reflect on what I am grateful for in my life, I feel an immediate burst of positive energy. I instantly feel happier, calmer and more centered.
The origins of Thanksgiving date back to the Pilgrims and their gratitude for arriving on land after a long, hard journey across the sea. They were gifted with food and help by the Native Americans. Many of us enjoy not only the gathering of friends, family and food, but also the opportunity to remember the blessings in our lives.
One of my favorite Thanksgivings was a gathering of friends where we shared a ceremony of giving thanks. Each person spoke about one or more things that they were grateful for in their life. By the time we had gone around the room sharing our gratitude, I was feeling joyful and my cup was full to bless others.
This was long before I knew about research that shows how an attitude of gratitude can help increase our happiness and success in life. There are many benefits to practicing gratitude; including feeling good, stronger immune system, positive attitude, more success and increased well being. When we are happy and filled with gratitude, then we have more to share with others.
By counting our blessings we not only feel good, but we multiply our good.
The path to happiness and success is built upon what is currently working in our lives. The more that we think, talk and focus on our blessings, the better that we feel and the more our lives will flow. In turn, we may bless others in a grand circle of love.
Start your own season of giving thanks and see what blessings come.
Wishing you many blessings and a Happy Thanksgiving!