Thanksgiving is upon us and you know what that means: food, football, family, and Black Friday sales. But in the midst of this four-day food-fest, let’s not forget about the most important ingredient of all: gratitude.
What is Gratitude?
Gratitude is more than a simple act of etiquette—it’s an emotion, an attitude, and a way of life. Gratitude takes thank you to the next level. It is a deep sense of appreciation. To feel grateful is to feel warm, joyful, and blessed. We’ve all experienced moments where we’ve been overwhelmed by gratitude, perhaps even moved to tears. It is a powerful feeling and creates a rush of endorphins that lift us up.
Gratitude and Health
Gratitude isn’t just a nice idea—it’s actually a critical component of our health and wellbeing.
Feeling grateful or counting our blessings is a way of shifting into a positive mindset and seeing our glass as half full rather than half empty. In fact, some research indicates that people who are grateful are healthier, happier, less stressed, and more satisfied with their lives. They tend to have more positive coping strategies, better sleep, and healthier relationships.
Some people are more naturally inclined to feelings of gratitude, but if gratitude doesn’t come naturally to you, you can teach yourself to be grateful. It’s a fact—gratitude is a feeling you can cultivate. Fake it until you make it and gratitude will become a healthy habit.
Cultivate more gratitude this Thanksgiving—and watch it seep into the rest of the holiday season and beyond. Here’s how: