The Health Benefits of Gratitude
It’s amazing that the active practice of gratitude has more positive impact on some aspects of our health than prescription medication (with zero side effects!). Gratitude journaling or thoughts have been found to reduce blood pressure, alleviate depression, improve sleep, boost energy, reduce pain and motivate physical activity.
Expressing Gratitude at Thanksgiving
Some families create a Thanksgiving tree, or use a gratitude jar to remind themselves and their loved ones of their blessings in a concrete way that is easy to share.
Gratitude Jar Activity
I think this is a wonderful idea. I bought a gratitude jar from Target from $3. Everyone draws out a chip and says why they are grateful for things like a favorite teacher, a special time of day, and lots of other things I hadn’t considered being thankful for.
Counting our Blessings
It would be easy to make your own with any kind of container and slips of paper. There are plenty of similar projects online.
Here are some ideas for things to express gratitude for on Thanksgiving.
- The love and support of our family.
- The company of our friends.
- The comfort and security of our home and community.
- The efforts of our teachers.
- Our jobs.
- Our volunteer work or causes that give us purpose.
- Our faith in God or a higher power.
- Our good health.
- The companionship of our pets.
- The bounty of our Thanksgiving meal.
- Our good memories of people who have passed.
- Our challenges that help us grow.
- The dedication of our police officers, fire fighters and first responders.
- The courage of our military.
- The expertise of our doctors and people who help keep us healthy.
- The beauty of nature and the blessing of our environment.
- The luxury of time to do the things we love to do.
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?