One recent Thanksgiving my wife and I sat around the table with a small group of family and friends. One of them asked if we could practice a tradition her family had done for years.
Each person shared one thing they were thankful for, and we continued going around the table again and again. I didn’t expect much from this exercise, but it turned into a highlight of the day. Grandparents to grandkids spoke, and it took over forty-five minutes.
Our entire group was filled with warmth and laughter, reminded of great memories and the gifts of life.
I hope you have a wonderful holiday, and take time to reflect on all you have to be thankful for. It may bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart—and both of those are good for your health.
Here are some of my other blogs on the topic:
- The Gratitude Antidote
- Showing Gratitude for Partner’s Generosity Strengthens Bonds
- Research suggests grateful people are healthier
- Giving thanks isn’t just pious or polite. It’s good for you
- The health benefits of being thankful
- A Simple ‘Thank You’ Brings Rewards to All
- People who let go of regrets are happier and more satisfied with life
- Optimism helps heart patients live longer, while pessimism harms
BTW, you can listen to the podcast of this news story here.
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