Thanksgiving and the Benefits of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy (or endure) the company of family and eat a big meal.

But there is more to the holiday than just a turkey dinner. It is also a time when we should reflect on our lives and what we each should be grateful for.

Gratitude is at the heart of Thanksgiving, and it’s a good reminder to take time to be thankful.

But we shouldn’t only practice gratitude during Thanksgiving. Not only does it show appreciation to those around you and strengthens your relationships, but it also has numerous health benefits as well.

Research shows that practicing gratitude on weekly and daily basis leads to reduced stress and depression. Some other benefits are higher levels of energy, alertness, and determination, and enthusiasm.

When it comes to physical health, grateful people experience better sleep duration and quality. Some research shows that gratitude also has benefits to prevent coronary artery disease.

Grateful people are less likely to be materialistic and envious of the wealthy.

Personally, I need to work on practicing gratitude more in my daily live. I’m grateful for my family and education. Learning real-world skills and traveling to paraglide is something I can’t take for granted.

I’m grateful for the feeling of freedom that comes with my education and the satisfaction that it will lead to something meaningful.

I’m grateful for the moment when my feet leave the ground and getting to see the world from above.

Although Thanksgiving is a good reminder to be thankful, we should practice gratitude every day. It brings numerous health benefits and shows those around us that we care about them and the things they do.

One Reply to “Thanksgiving and the Benefits of Gratitude”

  1. I love it! Thank you for reminding me to be grateful daily – even minute to minute.

    Laura

    On Nov 26, 2017, at 7:20 PM, Flying Through High School wrote:

    WordPress.com Charlie Sandefer posted: “Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy (or endure) the company of family and eat a big meal. But there is more to the holiday than just a turkey dinner. It is also a time when we should reflect on our lives and what we each should be grateful for. Gratitude is”

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