Thanksgiving for many of us here in the US kicks off the holiday season. For me it kicks off the season of gratitude.

This time of year, reminds me of so many things that changed my life for the better.

My family migrated during the Christmas holiday; my husband proposed, my son was born during this season. As I reflect on how each of these have impacted my life, I’m filled with gratitude.

An article that I’m reading for my coaching class shared highlights from a research study on gratitude and thankfulness. It identifies gratitude as a “forgotten factor” in happiness research. I loved the little insights that are “proven” to help us be happier and more satisfied.

Here are a few of my favorite nuggets:

  • people who keep a weekly gratitude journal were more optimistic, exercised more regularly and had fewer physical complaints,
  • keeping a gratitude journal helps to reach more of your personal goals,
  • having a daily gratitude practice, improves focus, awareness, energy and attention;
  • expressing gratitude creates deeper connections to those around you.

Gratitude is not just about being thankful, it’s also about showing others appreciation for who they are in your life and in being kind to others.

I am thankful for YOU and hope that you are able to experience and express gratitude to someone who is important to you.

So this Thanksgiving, I wish you an attitude of gratitude…and all the good things that comes with it!

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