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Give Thanks All Year Long

A culture of consumerism, the recent election, fires, job loss, family distress and other factors have the capacity to create a dissatisfied mindset about life.  This discontentment can lead to feelings of depression, bitterness and resentment.

Are you tired of the negative vibe?

Interestingly, studies indicate that people train their brains to think a certain way.  If you constantly focus on the negative, you train your brain to go there naturally.  Consider the relationships around you.  People tend to pick up on what their spouse and children are doing wrong versus what they are doing right.

Some may feel they don’t have much to be thankful for at the moment.  As we usher in the week of Thanksgiving, perhaps you realize you have allowed a negative cloud to hover over your life or even the life of your family and friends.

So what’s the antidote to all of the negativity?

Well, just as you can train the brain to think negatively, you can also train your brain to notice the good around you. It all begins with gratitude: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

According to researchers at Eastern Washington University, grateful people:

Cultivating gratitude is free and it doesn’t consume your time, but the benefits aren’t bad either.  Being grateful can help you have better physical and emotional health, stronger friendships, a sense of contentment and more.

You can embrace the spirit of Thanksgiving all year long with a few simple practices.

According to Cicero, gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.  Gratitude is a powerful mindset, but it doesn’t tend to come naturally. Practicing gratitude at Thanksgiving may help you feel better. Practicing gratitude all year long could transform your life.

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