Thanksgiving: More than a holiday

Thanksgiving: More than a holiday

by Stacy L. Allen

This wonderful tradition that warms our hearts in November may have benefits we also should pay attention to the rest of the year. Practicing gratefulness routinely does amazing things for our minds, bodies and relationships.

Who are your favorite people to be around? Chances are you enjoy their company because they express some kind of positive energy. Perhaps they are funny or calm. Maybe they’re understanding or have a knack for seeing the bright side of things. Positive emotions are powerful, and they have many benefits for ourselves and the people around us. Practicing the positive emotion of gratitude is one healthy habit we can all start today and begin receiving the rewards.

Take a couple of minutes right now and focus your thoughts on specific things you appreciate in your life. Start with something small and continue to identify every single thing for which you are truly grateful. Feel the energy shift and your load lighten?

Studies increasingly show that giving thanks can change your life for the better in many ways. Here are just a few you can learn more about.

Gratitude has been shown to improve quality of sleep, increase self-esteem, strengthen physiological function, increase energy levels, increase motivation to exercise, develop our personality, increase optimism, decrease materialism, decrease self-centeredness, make us feel good, make memories happier, help us relax, improve marriages, make us friendlier, deepen connection with others, increase management ability, facilitate successful networking, increase goal achievement, increase productivity and improve decision-making. With a list of potential results like these, what would keep you from intentionally practicing thankfulness
every day?

Gratitude certainly is not a cure-all, but I do believe it’s safe to say this simple tool often is under-utilized to improve our lives. So, don’t wait for November. Be grateful today. Be grateful in the morning, in the evening and every hour in between. Be grateful now.

Stacy L. Allen, CACP is a certified coaching practitioner who helps people find their value and reach their personal, relationship or goals. Ask Stacy your questions at or contact her for more info about her services at 972-965-6487.

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