Thanksgiving is over and along with eating delicious food, it was wonderful to spend time with family and friends. Thanksgiving is the time of year where we give thanks for everything that we have. Although Thanksgiving is usually when we spend time reflecting on our blessings, we actually have the opportunity to give thanks every day. This is sometimes difficult to remember during the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, but gratitude is often the key to happiness and to creating more abundance in our lives.
When we reflect on the things we already have and give thanks for them, we create space for happiness. So much time is spent thinking about things we don't have or the things we wish we had, which often creates negative feelings and frustration. These feelings can snowball into despondency or envy if we're not careful.
Taking stock of our blessings helps open our eyes to all the wonderful things that have been given to us that we may not notice. Clean air, clean water, food to eat, the sun coming up in the morning, a warm blanket, a good conversation, a smile from a stranger...all of these things are real gifts that might be overlooked on a day to day basis.
Do you want to write down everything you're grateful for? There are gratefulness journals out there where you can record your thoughts. A blank notebook or a sheet of paper will also serve the same purpose. Gratitude can also be expressed aloud to people we appreciate, such as our family members, friends, people in the service industry, etc. A 'thank you' goes a long way.
"'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding."- Alice Walker.