Gratitude is giving thanks for thing received and promised. It is a frame of mind wherein a person is happy with the way life has treated them. As people prepare to gather with their loved ones for Thanksgiving, it’s important to show heartfelt gratitude not only for the food, but also for the opportunity to get together.
Some say an attitude of gratitude often leads to receiving more things for which to be grateful. Gratitude creates a mindset of expectancy which inspires confidence and attracts blessings. The science seems to support that position. A study on gratitude run by two of America’s top researcher scientists yielded some very encouraging results. The results suggest people who took the time to show genuine gratitude were:
Grateful people are also more energetic. They tend to be involved in walking, hiking, biking and other forms of physical activity. Those people are also less likely to be anxious, depressed, or stressed. All of this increases their chances for success.
Subjects in the study who counted their blessings regularly were found to be more content, optimistic and happier than they were before the study.
The key seems to be to practice gratitude whether times are good, bad, happy or sad. Regularly taking time to pay attention to blessings and gifts both large and small will improve well-being, and create hope for a bright future; no matter what the present looks like. Remember that as you gather with your loved ones this Thanksgiving.