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Being Thankful for All Things in Life
“We must find the time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” – John F. Kennedy Thanksgiving is the time of year when everyone thinks about what they’re most grateful for in life. Often, people are very thankful for having a roof over their heads, a fridge full of food, a job, a working car, and many other things but find it difficult to express that gratitude. No matter what those reasons might be, it’s important to remember that showing thanks is an essential part of being thankful. Research has found that when someone expresses gratitude, they become happier and healthier. In one study, people who kept a gratitude journal online experienced an improvement in their overall physical health. The participants also suffered less from stomach pain and headaches, had reduced congestion, and had clearer skin. Another study proved that when a person wrote a handwritten letter expressing their gratitude and delivered that letter in person, both the giver and receiver experienced a significant increase in happiness. Expressing your gratitude can be as simple as writing a letter, but that isn’t the only option available to you; there are plenty of ways you can give thanks this year. Creating a Thanksgiving tree is a fun activity that you can get your whole family to participate in. Decorate a jar or vase, then place sticks inside of it. Write down what you’re thankful for on
scraps of colorful construction paper, punch holes through one end, and string them up on the sticks to be read on Thanksgiving Day. Some other great ways to show your gratitude are to donate any unused items or food you have to a local shelter or volunteer your time in your community. What better way to say thank you to the community than by sharing what you have with other people or volunteering your time to benefit it as a whole? Take some time this year to do something for the people around you — even something as simple
as volunteering to do the dishes after the Thanksgiving meal can be a fantastic way to express your gratitude. The best part of Thanksgiving is that giving thanks doesn’t have to be confined to Nov. 28 this year — it can be spread throughout the year. I would suggest taking some time to think about what you’re grateful for and come up with a plan that will best express that gratitude. We can all use some more gratitude and spare some to give to others. Give it out, and I bet you’ll receive it back!
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