5 Reasons To Give Thanks All Year

   Thanksgiving is tomorrow and many of us will be gathering around a table with friends and family. Many of us too, will be giving thanks before or after we eat. It is a tradition that my parents used to do with me and my brothers. When I moved out of my parents house I forgot about it. For 4 years I didn’t give thanks during Thanksgiving. Looking back now, I realize that I miss giving thanks each year with my family.

  I’ve read a lot of self-help articles, especially about depression. One of the main pieces of advice is to write down things that you are thankful for. This sort of action changes the framework of someone’s brain and thoughts. So this Thanksgiving I’ve decided to look into the effects of gratitude if one were to practice it year long.

  1. Improved Mental Alertness
    Mental alertness is any function related to the brain such as imagination or reasoning. It’s self-evident that this type of alertness is valuable for people of all occupations and ages. 
  2. Cope Better with Stress
    Not all stress is bad stress. But when stress is bad it can take a toll on the body. Low energy, headaches, insomnia, loss of sexual desire are all symptoms of a person that has stress. Generosity helps with this stress by changing the focus of the mind from stressors those good things you are grateful for.
  3. Supports Well-Being
    Well-being, concerns with a person’s state of feeling comfortable, happy, and healthy. Gratitude will enhance one’s well-being by improving the thoughts behind one’s actions. 
  4. Faster Recovery
    Scientists studied gratitude’s effects on one’s ability to recover from sickness and injury. They’ve covered the recovery from heart attack and other cardiac related sicknesses, in particular. According to the results, a person had a better quality of life after heart related problems when they practiced giving thanks frequently. 
  5. Greater Happiness
    Focusing on positive aspects in the practice of gratitude leads to higher levels of “psychological goodness”. In fact it can lead to higher satisfaction and greater progress in work and personal life. People who start to practice gratitude can even improve their happiness by 25%.

  Gratitude can have prolonged effects on a person’s health through changes in one’s outlook. Through this new perspective one can live a happier and healthier life.
There are millions of things to be thankful for. All you need to do is reflect on  those things a few times a week and you can reap these benefits. So what will you be grateful for?

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36 thoughts on “5 Reasons To Give Thanks All Year

  1. Just keep writing no matter what others might say. Grew up writing well, but was discouraged about my writing from my parents so I destroyed most of my earliest works. Even after I met and married my love of my life, he told me my writing skills sucked so I didn’t write any more until last year.

    Now I do not care what others say. I love my daily writing habits. Am forced to utilize a laptop now since my hands do not allow me to write legibly. Minor inconvenience, to a greater goal!

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  2. I’m grateful for so many things, including an article on gratitude! Thank you for putting this message out there. Gratitude is free and expands goodness from the moment it’s giving away. It’s a powerful skill to learn at any age – could even be a superpower!

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  3. Thank you, Austin, for visiting us and following our blog. We are three South London girls working hard to make our bad times into positive learning experiences, and we thank you for supporting us. Love, light, peace from Anna, Jacqueline and Vicky

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