It's that time of year again. Thanksgiving is associated with so many things, including time with family, holiday sales, football, and eating to the point of exhaustion. What about actually giving thanks? Is there room this weekend for such sentiments?
Research by Robert Emmons and his colleagues have repeatedly shown the benefits of expressing appreciation and gratitude. In his initial study (Emmons & McCollough, 2003), people who kept a weekly gratitude journal reported more optimism, fewer physical problems, and more physical exercise relative to people who recorded neutral or negative events. These findings should not be too surprising, especially as religions across the world have practiced extending prayers of thanks. In Christianity, for example, saying grace is an exalted tradition to offer thanks to God for sustenance and life on earth.
So, with a special day set aside for it, why not practice gratitude tomorrow? Not sure, what to do? Here's 5 suggestions: