What I Am Thankful For? Why we Should Be Thankful Everyday!
Being thankful and having gratitude is commonly a topic that people think about at Thanksgiving and the holiday season that is fast approaching, but shouldn’t we be thankful for our many blessing everyday? It is certainly a worthwhile topic to talk about and consider. How many times have heard some one or had someone say to us that we have so much to be grateful for? Do your really take this seriously and practice being thankful and having gratitude? If not it time to start!
As the holidays approach thankfulness and gratitude is easier for most of us since we are hearing how thankful we should be. Being thankful and having gratitude is more than receiving or giving gifts, saying Thank You to someone or giving compliments. Being thankful and having gratitude goes so much deeper than that. It is a true awareness and an acceptance of the world, accepting people for their goodness and for their shortcomings, accepting change and how the world changes. Most of all being thankful for belonging and being in the world.
It doesn’t always come naturally with our busy lives and the many stresses we all have so we might have to work very hard at being thankful by practicing and training our hearts and minds. Through the worst times in our lives when we think we can not see any positive outcome or light at the end of the tunnel – that is when we really need to be thankful and have gratitude. As difficult as that might seem gratitude and being thankful can bring sunshine back into our lives.
Why do we need to work hard at being thankful and having gratitude?
- It strengthens our immune systems
- Science say people that are gratitude have better health
- We feel less lonely
- Grateful people have happier relationships
- They have better heart health
- Less inflammation and healthier heart rhythm
- Decreasing cortisol levels and perhaps increasing oxytocin, the bonding hormone involved in relationships that make us feel so good
Now you know some of the reasons why you should be grateful. Let me tell>>>>>>
What I am grateful for:
- My husband who loves me when I am not loveable, holds me up when I can no longer do it myself, dries my tears and helps me through the pain of life both physically and emotionally. I am so grateful for his wonderful sense of humor that makes me laugh when my heart is hurting and tears fill my eyes. He is my best friend and loves me unconditionally!
- I am grateful for the hard times and struggles that my husband and I have had that made our marriage so much stronger when it seemed that all was lost.
- I am thankful for my Mother who has shown me such strength, has sacrificed so much in her life for her children and has gone through unbearable pain in your life both physically and emotionally but never stopped or gave up. She endured so much but never complained. I am so grateful for her love and the enduring strength that has given her the will to survive and thrive.
- I am so thankful that I still have my Mother who is 92 years old and almost 93 and in fairly good health.
- I am thankful for my sister who has been my best friend through thick and thin and has always loved me when I didn’t deserve her love, listened to my when I was so lost and has made me laugh when my heart was aching. I am thankful for her honesty and willingness to tell me the truth when I didn’t want to hear it. I am so grateful for her wonderful sense of humor that has helped laugh me when I didn’t think I could and eased the pain in my heart and soul.
- I am grateful for having many good memories of family gatherings.
- I am thankful for my house and the many years that my husband and I have spent making it a home that I love and am proud of because it is part of us and our hard work. It is just not a building but a home that holds many memories and within it is love our love, laughter, sweat, and tears.
- I am thankful for my God that has given me life and all the gifts I have in this world. He has carried me through many hard times and provided me with shelter, food, and many happy memories of friends and family.
- I grateful that I have healthy food to eat, clean water to drink, and that I have never known the horror of starvation that so many people in the world suffer with daily.
- I am grateful for living in a country where we have so many freedoms even though we have many problems I am proud to be an American.
We all have things to be grateful and thankful for but sometimes we get caught up in our busy lifestyles and we don’t take the time to practice gratitude or be thankful. We forget about the many blessing we have and the good in our world. It is so easy to take things for granted without even realizing how blessed our lives are in a world that so many people suffer everyday through the pain of war, hunger, disease, and do not have proper clothing to wear or a home to live in!
Let your heart be filled with gratitude and love so we can pass it on to others and start healing our world. Whether it is the holidays or any day of the year take the time to practice gratitude and appreciation all of our many blessings and gifts. We should cherish everyday that we are alive and loved.
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