Being surrounded by loved ones, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and buttery, creamy, crispy, delicious string bean casseroles…has become the absolute ultimate setting for Americans to say thanks to one another.
Ancient beliefs and modern medical research agree the route to happiness and health is paved with gratitude. Throughout the course of history, Thanksgiving has become a day reserved to express all the bottled up thanks for the dinner table where family and friends can witness gratitude firsthand.
There are bodies of research to confirm how important it is to exercise gratitude to one another. Two university psychologists found after 10 weeks of their study subjects writing about what they were grateful for, they exhibited huge increases in their happiness scores, were more optimistic, and felt better about their lives. They also reported exercising more and fewer visits to the doctor following the experiment. The second group wrote about daily problems and situations that left them unhappy — it was no surprise they were comparably unhappy.
“If thankfulness were a drug, it would be the world’s best-selling product with a health maintenance indication for every major organ system.”
Give thanks today, tomorrow, and always. Smilies are contagious, and THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT…
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone,