I once overheard this comment on a bus in New York City on Thanksgiving Day: “There should be 364 days a year of thanks-giving and one day for griping.” What a wonderful idea!
With each passing year, it seems that Thanksgiving, the holiday, faces stronger and ever earlier competition from Christmas and the consumerism that is so aggressively urged on us. Don’t get me wrong, I love the true meaning of Christmas. But when two of my local radio stations start playing only Christmas music starting November 1st!, gratitude tends to get drown out.
Giving thanks needn’t be relegated to just a day or even a season. We can do it every day. In addition to having us identify the good in our lives, which can help ward off the depression that we hear is more prevalent at this time of year; gratitude is healthy in other ways.
In fact the health-giving effect of acknowledging our blessings and has been so widely studied and proven, it can literally be said that gratitude is good medicine.
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