What are you thankful for?
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, it seems easy to think of something to be thankful for.
The question still deserves some contemplation. If it has been a while since you paused to think about all that you are thankful for, make an appointment in your calendar to do so. Thinking about your blessings and all that is good in your life is a great way to lift your spirits. I challenge you to look beyond the obvious or “off the top of your head” things to be thankful for and really consider your life and circumstances. Doing so is extraordinarily therapeutic as this excellent article Inside the Surprising New Science of Gratitude suggests.
Being thankful is not just for this annual holiday though. It should be our habit to be thankful. For all the healthy habits one could have, having an “attitude of gratitude” should be at the top of the list.
Hey, that reminds me of a catchy song by Hawk Nelson – listen here.
Famous psychiatrist, Dr. Leo Marvin made the excellent suggestion to take a vacation from your problems. Thinking about all that is good in your life and giving thanks to God and those around you is a great way to heed the good doctor’s advice. When you practice giving thanks daily, I’m sure you will find yourself to be a happier and more positive person. Then you can be thankful for that as well!
On a lighter side, you might appreciate this bit from comedian Jim Gaffigan about Thanksgiving. It’s from his hilarious book called Food that is a beautiful mockery of healthy eating. I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Hey, I’m thankful for the mostly clean comedy of Jim Gaffigan.
Gobble, gobble everyone!
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-19)