Thanksgiving is a time of thankfulness…or is it? I began to write this blog as a typical seasonal essay on why we should be thankful which got me thinking. Is being merely thankful enough? Is there something more?
Thankfulness is defined as “pleased and relieved” which are welcome feelings that can occur at anytime. Trying to open a door with an armful of packages when a stranger goes out of his way to assist makes the recipient pleased and relieved and thankful. These feelings may last a few minutes or more but will soon dissipate. This thanksgiving I want to know how to incorporate more “thankfulness” into my daily life.
During my research of Thanksgiving I stumbled upon “The Difference Between Being Thankful and Being Grateful” and it intrigued me. In a few short paragraphs, Tessa Masula, the author, describes what that “something more” is…gratitude! Gratitude is defined as the action of showing appreciation of kindness. Incorporating gratitude into my daily life could be the “something more” for which I am searching.
But how will adding gratitude improve your daily life? Amit Amin lists 31 life-changing benefits in his blog that include making us happier, healthier, more optimistic, more relaxed, and better looking, to name a few. The benefits of gratitude affect our emotions, personality, health, career and social well-being. To determine how grateful you are, take Amit Amin’s interactive quiz that includes seven strategies for cultivating gratitude.
William Arthur Ward said it best, “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routing jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” During this Thanksgiving holiday, let’s commit to gratitude.
The team at SRQ Wealth extends our best wishes for a happy, healthy, grateful Thanksgiving!