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Screw Thanksgiving: Why You Should Give Thanks Every Day

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner there is going to be a huge surge in the expression of gratitude. With the holidays upon us it’s the time of the year when most people start to reflect on the past year and on life in general.

It’s basically the time when you start to do something that you really should be doing more frequently.

When you look back and think about all that you have to be grateful for you feel good and appreciative. So why wait until the end of the year to muster up that feeling?

One year, dead smack in the middle of the year, I made it a point to become more appreciative. It was just something I decide to after speaking with people going through tougher challenges than I.

It was something that I always knew I should’ve been doing but just didn’t. But after speaking at lengths about different kinds of challenges it made me realize that even though I may have been experiencing a struggle I still had something to be grateful for.

Little did I know that I actually needed this to get through those hard times.

After accepting an attitude of gratitude as a part of my daily life it was like everything changed, but somehow it was still pretty much the same. It was amazing actually.

It’s not just for Thanksgiving

A lot of people just look at thanksgiving as a holiday. You go spend time with your family and perhaps give thanks before the feast, but for most it just about the food. There aren’t too many times in a single year you’ll intentionally eat that much.

There may even be a moment when you realize that you should be grateful more often. But by the time the next day rolls around that sentiment has been forgotten.

Basically, you don’t express gratitude enough. You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to be grateful. Just like you don’t have to wait until Valentine’s Day to show your significant other how much you care.

Sure you might say thank you when someone holds the door open for you but that isn’t quite what I’m talking about. Don’t get me wrong that is good too, but that can’t be all you’ve got.

If you can recognize that a stranger holding the door for you is something to be appreciative of, then I’m sure you know there is much more in your life that deserves your gratitude. And you don’t have to say it all aloud.

Why not?

There are more benefits to being grateful that you may realize. It’s a lot deeper than just letting someone know that you appreciate them not letting the door to slam in your face. But again, that’s good too J.

If you’re not expressing your gratitude on a regular basis it’s probably because you don’t see the bigger purpose in it. Like many things in life, simple things have a greater impact.

Expressing gratitude often can benefit you tremendously. This is why you should be grateful every day.

Once becoming appreciative becomes a part of your demeanor you’ll instantly become more positive. And I don’t know if you’ve noticed but people with a positive attitude are unstoppable.

You’ll end up achieving goals like they were simple chores you’ve done a thousand times. Your eyes will be opened to what is important to you. You’ll know exactly what you want and become a force to be reckoned with when it comes to getting it.

You’ll be living the life you want sooner rather than later. And actually be happy while building it.

This is how an attitude of gratitude affects you, you’ll be:

1. Thrilled!

When you know what your life is worth you tend to get a bit excited.

Reflecting on things or just being grateful in the moment brings awareness of what is going on. The more you begin to realize there is plenty to be appreciative of, the more excited about life you become.

2. Goal oriented

After realizing how much good stuff you have going on, you’ll want more. The feeling that it gives you will motivate you to work on your outstanding desires so that you can soon be grateful for them also.

3. Resilient

Life will continue to have its ups and downs but you will still be motivated to find a way to come out on top. No matter what happens you’ll be able to bounce back.

4. Optimistic

When you focus on the good things going on in your life your optimism increases. By recognized the things to be grateful for you become more positive about the way your life is going and how it will continue.

5. Attentive

Being thankful makes you take stock and acknowledge the things that are going on in it. You realize what is working, what you’re doing and how to continue on to creating your ideal life.

6. Less stressed

If you’re easily stressed out you’ll notice that after practicing regular gratitude that it’ll take a little more to get you riled up. And even when you do you’re able to coming down from it quicker than before.

This will be all because you’re more aware of the great things around you.

7. Happier

Regularly recognizing the good things life has to offer you and you have already experienced will make you happy in general. You’ll know things aren’t as bad as they may seem and that there is actually something to smile about.

8. Confident

When you feel good about the things around you, you begin to feel good about yourself also. Why else would all these great things have such a presence in your life, because you’re awesome!

9. Energized

Ironically, being negative and ungrateful takes a lot out of you. Moaning and complaining is draining mentally and physically, you just don’t feel up to anything.

Living a life of appreciation is the exact opposite. Being positive is motivating, you want to get things done and you’ll be up to do take on the task.

10. Know what you really want

Putting your focus on things to be grateful for opens your mind to a lot more. You begin to look at things differently and realize the things that you can’t be without before taking them for granted.

Sometimes you can be confused by what would truly cheer up your life. But having an attitude of gratitude helps put things into perspective.

 

Your idea of gratitude may be just a simple phrase that you say to someone who has helped you but that isn’t the end of it. Being thankful isn’t just a mannerism.

Let go of the habit of mindless thankful gestures and phrases, put some real thought behind it, be more conscious. If it helps create a gratitude journal, and spend 5 minutes a day listing the things you’re grateful for.

Or if you’re like me, you can just review a few things in your head or be grateful in the moment that thing is happening.

Being thankful isn’t just something you do on a holiday or solely about the other person, there’s something in it for you too. Something big!

All the things discussed can have a profound impact on your daily life. They can change your life in ways you couldn’t imagine, all coming from something so simple.

Here are just 10 benefits of adopting an attitude of gratitude, trust me there is much more to come, so why not start today.

 

How about you…

Do you express gratitude every day? If so, what impact has it had on you?

What are you grateful for?

 

 

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  • Hi Lea,

    What a great post and I couldn’t agree with you more. If people only knew how much happier they could be if they had an attitude of gratitude.

    This has been part of my life for so long now it’s hard to pinpoint when it all started. Of course I lived with my father having had cancer for 42 years of the 45 I had him so I was around people all the time that didn’t make it. They lost their lives too soon. Trust me, you start to really appreciate every single day you have on this earth when you know someone else just lost their life.

    I start my day out this way as well, I have a whole list I go down before I get to work. It can shape the way your entire day goes. When you think about what we have compared to what others don’t, we are all so very blessed.

    I’m glad you shared this message with your readers Lea and I hope that they will all realize that it’s not just special days we should be thankful for, it’s every day.

    Have a wonderful week and we are thankful for this post.

    ~Adrienne

    • Lea

      Hi Adrienne – I really know what you mean. I also lost my uncle to cancer. During his last few months it became very apparent to me how important every single day was.

      Being positive and thankful at the onset of the day does really have an impact on how it does, you’re right.

      I couldn’t have said it better Adrienne. Every is one to be appreciative of.

      Thank you very much. Have a nice week also!

  • Junie

    Hi Lea,

    Thanks for this post, it’s really needed. We don’t have thanksgiving here in the UK. But giving thanks should be a natural everyday event.

    The first thing I do as soon as I open my eyes each morning is pray and give God thanks for waking me up and blessing myself and family with another day. We have so much to be thankful for. I can’t wait for just one day to say thanks. If I did I would feel so selfish.

    The more we give thanks, the more we realise just how privileged we are. Like you said in your post, gratitude comes with lots of benefits.

    Have a great week. 🙂

    • Lea

      Hi Junie – That is a wonderful morning routine. There should be more people like you. Honestly, I don’t really think too many people would feel much of anything if they didn’t give thanks.

      Exactly, it opens your eyes to what you have right in front of you. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your week!

  • Hi Lea,
    You make a very powerful point in this great post.
    I completely and 120% agree that gratitude and appreciation need to be a practice and not something to be expressed seasonally. While it is a good start, Thanksgiving can become more habitual and every season can then be right for feeling and expressing gratitude.

    The analogy that comes to my mind is meditation and silence. By sitting in one meditation or by taking one yoga class in every once a while does not make the practice feel beneficial. In fact, most people attempt to “take up” meditation as the common advise suggests and end up quitting because they simply cannot see the benefits. In fact, I believe that it is the other way around…when someone sits in meditation and become committed to silence, eventually after many not so productive attempts, it slowly becomes second nature. The space of silence and the expansiveness of meditation increases and suddenly there are more events of deep peace. Gratitude works the same way. A daily practice of deep heartfelt appreciation eventually bleeds into all aspects of our life and sooner or latter brings forth the wonderful 10 points that you mention. I really love the 10 things that you mentioned that will enhance after a gratitude practice and they are all reasons why making a gratitude practice is a great idea. Of course, the challenge for most people is to look beyond the troubles and challenges and still find something to be grateful for. And you touched on this by providing the example of being able to find gratefulness even if you are experiencing a struggle. I believe that it is a matter of realignment and looking at things from a different perspective.

    Interestingly deep and heartfelt gratitude is inextricably woven into all the spiritual traditions since the ancients. As Meister Eckhart so effectively put it: If the only prayer we said was thank you, that would be sufficient.

    Thanks for a thought provoking post,
    Harish

    • Lea

      Hi – Thanks Harish! You make a very good point. I love the comparison.

      You are absolutely right. You have to open your eyes in order to find the silver lining in the darkest cloud. I have not heard of that quote but it is so fitting as well as true. Thanks for sharing it.

      Thanks you for sharing your thoughts!

  • It’s interesting: in scripture, when it talks about praying for our needs, it says to do so with thanksgiving. I think that’s because thanksgiving helps us align to what’s really important.

    • Lea

      It certainly does. It’s like it deeply connects you with what has already been there and is commonly overlooked. The things that you are grateful for are very important.

  • Hi Lea,

    I practice gratefulness every day. I do not get out of bed unless I think of all the things I grateful for. And I find myself doing this throughout the day. If I get a glass of water, I’m thankful because many people on this earth do not have running water. Little things like that I’m grateful for as I go through my day.

    Once we live in gratefulness, our lives are more fulfilled. We don’t take things or people in our lives for granted.

    It is a much happier life to live in gratefulness, and once you start, it grows and becomes the most wonderful habit one can have.

    Thank you for addressing this issue. I just don’t get “Thanksgiving” because stores are now open, there’s the Black Friday event, and football all day. The food is there but are people being grateful in our society today? Hmmmm makes me wonder.

    -Donna

    • Lea

      Hi Donna – Wow, that’s really great. I tend to review the different things in my head as I start my day. But I too acknowledge more things throughout the course of the day and are touched by the little things.

      It’s funny you say that. I actually think Black Friday has moved in too much into the Thanksgiving day. With sales starting 6pm that night some people spend more time preparing for that event than enjoying their time with family.

      Interesting thought Donna. Thanks for sharing. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Hi Lea

    I was so much attracted to the title and it did its job and got me curious. I agree that Thanksgiving should be a ritual but should be a mindset.

    We should be grateful in our lives for so many things. When one understand what it means to be grateful, there will be happiness even when faced with challenges. There will be doggedness, when we are tempted to give up. There will be no stress and demands; we will be confident and expectant.

    I am grateful to God for what he has been doing in my life, for my friends and family and my thanksgiving will always be rendered everyday.

    Have a wonderful thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing.

    • Lea

      Hi Awazie – I’m glad the title intrigued you. There are some many things to be thankful for you just have to open your eyes to them.

      Those are good things to be thankful for. I’m glad its not just a holiday for you.

      Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Hi Lea

    I am glad you choose to handle this topic and a title such as yours says it all. Thanksgiving should never be a one day event, but a lifestyle in which we give thanks everyday, several times per day. It’s a positive attitude for anyone to have.

    Challenges will come no matter what. And whether it’s a time when we are going through trials and distress, or living a life of bliss and happiness, there is always something to be thankful for. As a matter of fact, as an extension of my life of gratitude I have chosen to make it a category on my blog where I write often about the subject.

    God has been good to us and I am especially thankful to Him for sparing my life each day. I am grateful for my family and friends. I am thankful that I have the freedom of choice. I am thankful for every stranger or person that comes my way that I can help and make a difference in their life.

    Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for sharing this post.

    • Lea

      Hi Yvonne – I’m glad you like the title I was kind of hesitant about it. You’re so right it’s a great attitude for everyone to have. Being thankful is just one of those things that is universal. It applies to everything and everyone.

      Oh Yvonne those are great things to be thankful for.

      Thanks you. I hope you also enjoy your Thanksgiving.

  • Hi, Lea,

    I couldn’t agree more! 🙂 Giving thanks on a definitely basis is definitely my goal and when I read my Bible in the morning, I always have something to Praise God about, that’s for sure.

    You’re spot on, even though challenges come, there is still always something to be thankful for, and things could ALWAYS be worse…

    Attitude determines my altitude, in many ways this holds true. Mindset is oh so important, and when there is someone with a “poor me!” attitude in the house, it’s not a very fun place to be.

    Even the details, you’re right – a stranger holding the door is definitely a blessing! I love your list of benefits to having the attitude of gratitude. I like your addition of “Confident” to the list, wouldn’t have thought of that, so thanks!

    I’m thankful for the Lord, my family and friends and freedom! 🙂

    Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Take Care,
    – Carol 🙂

    • Lea

      Hi Carol – I’m glad you always have something to be thankful for. It’s incredible that you’re able to recognize that each morning.

      It certainly isn’t. That kind of energy can bring down everything around it.

      That’s wonderful Carol, those are all great things to be thankful for.

      I hope your and your family enjoy Thanksgiving as well.

  • So true!!! I kept nodding my head as I was reading through this post, Lea!

    I don’t make it a daily habit to show gratitude, but I do occasionally do something or give something that is unexpected. My most recent was cooking a batch of granola for a friend of mine.

    Thanks for the reminder to have more gratitude. I’d actually like to start journaling about what I’m grateful for as a reminder of how I’m so blessed right now.

    • Lea

      Jennifer, lol, thanks great!

      That’s would actually be really good! It allows you to be reflective and appreciative at the same time. And the more you write the more you’ll see how great things truly are for you.

  • Hi Lea,
    Thanksgiving is not just a holiday. As you have mentioned that gratitude is what we need to show. Though people can’t forget about the food they have on this day and of course their time with their family and friends.
    Its the matter of choice as what people do at this day. Showing gratitude is an effective way to build your self esteem. I like the affects you have mentioned above.
    Glad to read this article.:)
    ~Ravi

    • Lea

      Hi Ravi – Yes, gratitude should be a part of your way of life. Even when you gather with your loved ones you could have a moment of realization and be thankful for the day and experience. Thanks 🙂

  • Hi Lea
    This was a great post, and a topic near and dear to my heart. Your list of benefits was spot on. One of the keys to more effortlessly improving our reality is feeling good right now without any outside prompting. We attract based on what we are feeling now, and that means we can’t wait to feel better until things change more to our liking. But, getting into that space can be a challenge, and gratitude is one of the most powerful tools for doing so. We can always choose where to put our focus and we usually need a bit of practice, but the more we do it, the easier it becomes. Feeling grateful and appreciative for all we have now –no matter how small a particular thing may seem–creates an energy that makes us magnetic to more good stuff coming in.

    Great post!

    • Lea

      Hey Kelli – Thanks so much. I completely agree with you on not waiting until things change to feel better. I always felt like that was the backwards ways of doing things, because then wouldn’t you be waiting a while, if not forver?

      Being appreciative is one of the first things I learn on LOA. It’s really go to do.

      Thanks for the feedback!

  • Hi Lea,

    I couldn’t agree more with all that you’ve written 🙂

    Gratitude is a habit, a way of life, something that we need to practice daily, not just on Thanksgiving or any other specific day! Some people don’t have time or patience to even think about being grateful, so perhaps such days are reminders mainly for them.

    Oh yes…one cannot forget the turkeys, pumpkin pies, and all the awesome dishes prepared for Thanksgiving! But that’s part and parcel of rejoicing and celebrating, just like we do our end too on certain occasions.

    I liked your ways how gratitude affects us and you are right about the various ways how we can make gratitude a part of our daily lives. Small things matter and if we make the effort, it can change our lives.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend and Happy Thanksgiving, well in advance. 🙂

    • Lea

      Hi Harleena – Exactly! It really is something everyone should thrive to do daily.

      And of course the food is great, I’m looking forward to it myself 🙂 Everything no matter the size has some type of impact. Sometimes the smallest thing can make a world of a difference. Like being grateful!

      Thanks a lot!

  • Lea,

    I hope this article reaches many because one thing I know for sure and that is there is always someone who is in worse place than we “think” we currently are in. We have so much to be grateful all year long and you gave us some great reasons to have the attitude of gratitude.

    • Lea

      Hi Nathaniel – You are absolutely right. It could always be worse so you have to at least be thankful that it isn’t.

      Thanks so much.

  • Ha ha, yup! Gratitude is the foundation of every strength and joy. *Still wants turkey* 😉

    • Lea

      It sure is! 🙂