Thanksgiving is a federally mandated holiday. But do we really need a designated day to give thanks? Every day we should allocate a few minutes to thoughtfully consider what we have to be thankful for. The late entrepreneur Jim Rohn goes further, when he said: “Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.”
Let’s explore ways that reveal what one should be thankful for. We’ve asked our readers for help with this inquiry. Some intriguing suggestions follow. Read on.
First and foremost, recognize what you have that makes you happy. The easiest way to do this is to count and contemplate your blessings. To quote the accomplished Willie Nelson, “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” Some suggestions in random order for your consideration are presented below.
Just focus on any one or more of the listed subjects that makes you feel good. Think about why you are pleased and happy. Meditating just a few minutes at the start of your day can be very uplifting.
The Dalai Lama reminds us that “The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” We know from our research that generous actions provide an equitable return of happiness. Of course, generosity expressed through simple random acts of kindness and goodness can also be rewarding for all involved. We’ve compiled data from our surveys asking about practiced cost-free acts of kindness. Some are rather obvious and readily provided. But, perhaps other acts of goodness need to be more frequently imparted.
Consider the wisdom of the best-selling author Alice Walker. She says that “‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” Ms. Walker exemplifies that kindness may be demonstrated by such a simple act as by more frequently saying “thank you”. Some other suggestions are: give at least two compliments each day, show empathy, don’t be judgmental, and on occasion send a card or letter by postal mail.
We recognize that for some, holidays can be somewhat depressing for a variety of reasons. Hopefully, those negatively affected will find solace through friendships and find cause for optimism.
So yes, Thanksgiving Day is a time to give thanks and many times involves family and friends gathering for celebrations of good memories and creating new happy occasions that will be recalled during future gatherings. It is a wonderful time to be sure. It is also an opportunity to reflect on past happiness generating events and a time to envision giving thanks on a regular basis throughout the year.
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