Thanksgiving should be about family, friends, good food… and most of all, gratitude. And being thankful can actually be good for you! According to the book Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier (Houghton Mifflin, 2007), Robert A. Emmons, PhD, cites numerous studies that indicate happiness comes from feeling grateful.
We tend to believe that happiness comes from what happens, such as what we buy, what we achieve, and where we go on holidays. But according to Emmons, it doesn’t work that way. He says that happiness comes from gratefulness.
Here are some tips to help you develop gratitude:
1. Learn to express gratitude by taking yourself and your opinions out of the statement. For example, say, “You are a true friend” rather than “I think you are a true friend.”
2. Express your gratefulness constantly. Look around you and realize how many things, people, and situations you have to be truly grateful for.
3. Keep a gratitude journal.
4. Write a letter of gratitude to someone, deliver it in person, and read it aloud to them.
5. Don’t just wait for Thanksgiving to go around the table and ask everyone what they are grateful for. Make it a part of your dinner meals. Ask your kids everyday what they were grateful for that day!
On behalf of Village Green Apothecary, I would like to wish you all a very safe and happy Thanksgiving.
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