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Thanksgiving 2016

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to the give thanks continuously.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson.

It’s no surprise that Thanksgiving Day is among the most favorite of holidays celebrated in the United States. As we celebrate this Thanksgiving Day, we focus on expressing thanks for the people, things and experiences in our lives. Maybe these expressions are shared with people we see every day or relationships we only experience once or twice a year. Current research on the health and wellness benefits of gratitude, illustrates how genuine expressions of gratitude surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday has the potential to increase well-being. Studies also show that a sustained gratitude practice can rewire your brain! Change your thoughts – change your mind, and you’ll create new neural pathways (neuroplasticity). Soon, you’ll begin to experience greater positive physical, emotional and interpersonal benefits. Why not consider this Thanksgiving holiday as the start or enhancement of your own gratitude practice? Possible practice techniques (hint – be as specific as you can in expressing gratitude):

• As you sit down for your Thanksgiving meal, go around the table and offer a statement of gratitude. Continue this practice at regular mealtimes;

• Keep a gratitude journal;

• Not the journaling type? Write a list of all the things in your life that you’re grateful for;

• Write a list of all the people in your life that you’re grateful for… then go tell them or go to the next item;

• Write a letter of gratitude to someone, deliver it to them and read it to them;

• Write down three good things that went well in your day and why;

• Create visual reminders about the things and people in your life that you’re grateful for, place them in your line of sight.

• Have you recently received a thank you note? Consider starting a wall of gratitude a (bulletin board will work) to remind yourself of the good things you do for others;

• Get a gratitude buddy to help sustain your gratitude practice.

How will you express gratitude this Thanksgiving?

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