Thanksgiving is right around the corner. As we look forward to turkey, mashed potatoes, and football—let’s not forget the most important Thanksgiving ingredient of all: gratitude.
Gratitude is more than just a simple thank you. It goes deeper than that. Gratitude is a deep sense of appreciation. To feel grateful is to feel warm, joyful, and blessed. It is a powerful feeling and creates a rush of endorphins that lift us up.
While this may sound warm and fuzzy, gratitude isn’t just a nice idea—it’s actually a critical component of our health and wellbeing. 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.
That sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Who doesn’t want better health and less stress?
For some people, gratitude just comes naturally. But even if you’re not feeling grateful, you can begin to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. In fact, gratitude is like anything else—with a little practice, you can make it a habit. Fake it until you make it.
Truth be told, we all have something to be grateful for—including the most basic needs in life, such as a roof over our heads or food on the table.
Want to create another healthy habit that will keep you in tip-top shape? Start counting your blessings and watch your attitude shift—from glass half empty to glass half full to full and overflowing. Happy Thanksgiving!