Much of our collective focus this Thursday will be on the 46 million turkeys waiting to be carved in kitchens across America.
And as dinner is served, families of every form will offer a moment of thanks and gratitude for all that is good in their life.
Offering thanks is our annual Thanksgiving tradition; but, what would our lives look like if it become a daily habit rather than just an every-fourth-Thursday-in-November event?
There’s compelling research done by Berkeley and supported by The John Templeton Foundation that reveals a long list of why it’s good for us to be grateful. And not just because our mom taught us to say thank you.
Grateful people are healthier and live longer, their incomes are higher, they’re more generous, have more happy relationships and they’re better liked by those they meet.
That’s a nice pay-off for living a grateful life.
We often think of gratitude in a very one-dimensional and highly material way. What are my blessings? The answers usually involve family, health and security - all things to be grateful for no doubt.
But there is so much more.
Several years ago, I read Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts and began a journal that year tracking my own one thousand gifts. It’s a sincere and gentle reminder to see the awe in the world even in the midst of our worst days.
My first few entries noted a cold and snowy October morning, a warm fire and the sound and smell of bacon cooking – of course!
Being grateful is not just a once a year event – it’s not even a once a day occurrence.
If we are mindful, gratitude can be a moment-to-moment experience.
Until next week, I hope your week is full of Thanksgiving – and you find joy in every moment.
Linda Sterling Sease is a professional speaker, career coach & writer on the power of joy to transform companies, homes and communities. To explore how Linda can work with your organization, call 303-319-5829 or email her at Linda at SterlingSease.com.