Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. I love this time of year, a quiet time for reflection before the holiday rush. At this time of year it's easier than most to turn your thoughts to gratitude.
The word gratitude is derived from the Latin root gratia, meaning grace, graciousness, or gratefulness.
In a (1998) Gallop survey of American teens and adults, over 90% of respondents indicated that expressing gratitude helped them to feel “extremely happy” or “somewhat happy.”
Beginning a gratitude practice can be a powerful tool towards increasing happiness and wellness.
A 2003 study compared participants who kept a weekly list of things they were grateful for to a group who kept a list of irritating or neutral things. The research showed that “a conscious focus on blessings may have emotional and interpersonal benefits.”
I'm hosting a 21 day gratitude challenge to help guide you into creating a gratitude practice. Head over to my Instagram or Facebook starting Saturday, November 10th if you'd like to play along!