Dear Dr. Walt,
Any prescriptions for making this Thanksgiving Holiday better?
—Hoping to Be More Thankful in Texas
My prescription for you is to try a simple five-minute exercise between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I liken it to taking an emotional aspirin every day.
Keep a small journal at your bedside. Each night before going to sleep, record five things for which you were grateful that day.
Then, for a minute or two, reflect on each item you recorded and thank God for the blessings He’s given you.
See what happens to your feelings over the course of just a few days.
Here’s another prescription you could fill this Thanksgiving Holiday:
The next time something bad, irritating, or disappointing happens to you — or the next time you find yourself brooding over an unpleasant experience — stop yourself.
Choose instead — right away — to find a reason to be grateful.
Don’t be surprised to find your attitude change instantly!
Or, as I often tell patients: Your struggles may begin to end when your gratitude begins.
If you want to turn your health around, try thankfulness.
After all, this is, in fact, God’s perfect will for you. As St. Paul penned, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV).
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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