Thanksgiving is this week and if you are like most Americans you have Thanksgiving Day on the brain for one reason or another. Perhaps you are thinking about cooking dinner. Perhaps you are thinking about eating dinner. Perhaps you are thinking about the football games you will be watching or perhaps you are thinking about spending time with your family!
The entire month of November I have been thinking about what I am grateful and thankful for because I know that gratitude changes lives. This is why the theme for this month is Gratitude for Your Sweet Life. About 10 years ago I learned the greatest gift we have to offer is gratitude. The more we can cultivate gratitude the more our hearts and minds change for the better.
Thanksgiving has become a time for reflection and open discussion about the blessings that are constantly being placed in our lives. Being in a state of gratitude helps reduce stress and can improve the quality of your health and your life.
Interestingly, I found two studies on gratitude that I want to share. The first study on college-aged adults was published in the Journal of Research in Personality in August of 2008. It found that “gratitude leads to higher levels of perceived social support, and lower levels of stress and depression."
The second research study related to older women published March 2006 in the Journal of Research on Aging found that older women that felt gratitude towards God created a buffer to stress in their lives.
Now when I think of Thanksgiving, being appreciative or grateful for every little thing I have is what comes to mind first. A wonderful healthy meal is not far behind and it is something I give thanks for every single time it happens!
To Your One Sweet Life,