I’m sure most of you have heard that before. Even as a little child I can recall my parents often telling me to be grateful for all our family had — just count your blessings, they said.
As those of you in the USA know, Thursday this week is Thanksgiving Day. For those of you who don’t, this is the country’s yearly celebration of giving thanks, or counting our blessings.
Spirit and I have talked about this subject in several newsletters over the years. But I think it’s a good thing now and then to review all we have to be grateful for in our lives. And not just once a year.
Robert Emmons, a professor at the University of California, has been scientifically studying the effects of gratitude in our lives. Our ancestors and religions down through the centuries intuitively knew giving thanks was a good thing. And now modern science is supporting the notion.
Among gratitude’s benefits, as discovered by Professor Emmons and his colleagues, are these: better health, fewer physical problems, higher level of positive feelings, greater happiness, satisfaction with life, overall optimism, lower levels of depression, a belief we are all connected, and many more. It really does pay to be grateful.
Plain and simple, giving thanks, counting our blessings is good for us!
I’m giving thanks this year for all of you who read this newsletter and support Spirit and me. Happy holidays to all!
Since I’m away from home this week we’re “replaying” one of Spirit’s gratitude messages from last year. Read it here.
What do you have to be particularly thankful for this year?
We want to hear from you!