“If the only prayer you ever say in your life is ‘thank you,’ it will be enough.” Meister Eckhart
The data is in – all this giving thanks stuff? It’s good for you. There is science to prove it. Gratitude is not just some “religious” practice. It turns out that intentionally taking time to count your blessings and focus on the positive in your life is good not just for your spirit, but also for your body.
Scientists have found that blood pressure goes down and hearts get healthier when people practice the act of gratitude. You can listen or read the NPR story.
Aren’t you glad you know that? Now you have another thing to be grateful for.
I give thanks. Over and over. For blessings, large and small.
What are you thankful for today?
2 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Fest Reflections of Gratitude: Day 24”
I totally agree with this study about being thankful and thinking about one’s blessings everyday. It’s so easy to get up in the morning and first think about all the crappy things one has to do that day, and then the next hours are spent rebelling against whatever one doesn’t want to do. Better to wake up with thankfulness on the lips and proceed with cheer, no matter what obstacles lie in the way. Easy to say, but not that easy to do. Still, it’s worth trying. Happy Thanksgiving Sue, and again, I’m thankful for your writing and for these daily nudges towards a more gratitude-filled life. And even though your mom might not be cooking a turkey on Thursday, I hope she’s still whistling. Love to all your family.
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I have so enjoyed this discipline of intentionally writing down my blessings. It’s good to practice what I preach! This past month has really made me think and consider what things – obvious and not so obvious – enrich my life. The practice of recording my blessings turned out to be a blessing in itself! Happy Thanksgiving, Carol, to you and your family.