THANKSGIVING – Make it a Part of Everyday Behavior

 

Gratitude, make it an everyday habit! Pic Courtesy: leadershiptraq.com

With the excitement and brouhaha of Thanksgiving having just got over, I have always wondered would it not be wonderful to have this sense of gratitude every single day and not just be reserved for one day of the year?

Oh, I know this makes me sound terribly old fashioned and so very boring, or as some would say so very formal! After all, what’s the pressing need to have this sense of gratefulness; we deserve it all don’t we? And what does one need to be thankful about every day? An ice-lolly? A candy? A meal? Why not, I say.

As per a recent scientific research, having a sense of appreciation makes one happy both mentally and physically.  This expression of thankfulness is not an empty exercise; it is not just ‘good-manners’, the benefits of gratitude extend far beyond social niceties.

LA Times, reports of how if one makes gratitude a part of everyday expression, instead of just one day and makes this a year round habit, then one would suffer less of depression and stress and in the process be a lot happier. As per research, this sense of gratitude helps people to relax and lets them have restful sleep too.  Small wonder, the expression of thankfulness, is thought as a virtue.

In agreement with the positive effects of gratitude on one’s physical and mental wellbeing, Robert Emmons, UC Davis professor says,

It’s one of the few things that can measurably change people’s lives. Gratitude implies humility — recognition that we could not be who we are or where we are in life without the contributions of others.

If indeed gratitude is considered an advantageous habit to have, why is that nowadays rude, impolite behavior or just-could-not-care-less-attitude is seen more often?  In fact, I have come across a lot of people, who think, being thankful is such a waste of time!

Jeffrey Froh, professor at Hofstra University on New York’s Long Island, who has studied more than 1,000 high school students, has seen that grateful teenagers, suffer less from depression and are more likely than their ungrateful peers to have superior grade-point averages. But, even he agrees that ‘gratitude’ is in danger.

Froh says,

Outside of happiness, gratitude’s benefits are rarely discussed these days. Indeed, in contemporary American society, we’ve come to overlook, dismiss or even disparage the significance of gratitude as a virtue. We have become entitled, resentful, ungrateful and forgetful.

It is never too late to show your expression of gratitude. Do it today, now for that matter. Don’t wait for the next Thanksgiving Day to arrive for you to be thankful.

Make gratitude a part of your daily habit; not only will that make you a better person, but it will also give you a host of health benefits too, like less stress, better sleep, and improved immune system! But remember, you should ‘actually feel’ thankful, just do not do it as a mere customary exercise.

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