Being Thankful Can Be Powerful

Thanksgiving is almost here. It’s one of my favorite holidays for a variety of reasons. Lately, it’s been a time for me to reflect on thankful I am.

Have you ever asked an older person how he or she was doing, and the person responded, “Well, I got out of bed this morning.” When people respond like that, it may seem like they have set their standards pretty low. On the other hand, they may have just learned to be thankful.

There is power in being thankful. Opening your eyes in the morning and being thankful is a terrific way to start your day. Living in a state of gratitude can be humbling and enriching. It is also is a cure for stress.

The enemy of gratitude is taking things for granted, and every day, each of us does that. Let’s take a look at a typical first hour of the day and review some of the things we take for granted.

The First Hour
When you take a closer look at how you start your day, you begin to realize how much you have for which you should be thankful for.

  • You got out of bed.
  • The bed was probably comfortable. It likely had clean sheets, blankets and pillows.
  • You woke up in a room that was either heated or air-conditioned.
  • You may have taken a shower in a choice of hot or cooler water.
  • You have things such as shower gel, shampoo, and deodorant to help keep you clean and fresh.
  • You have fresh towels to dry yourself.
  • You have a selection of clothes and shoes to wear.
  • Odds are, you have access to some sort of breakfast or coffee or juice.
  • You probably checked in on social media on a computer or smartphone.
  • You may have tuned into your favorite morning show on the radio or your flat-screen TV.
  • You likely have access to a car or public transportation to get to work.
  • You have the ability to earn a living.

This is all within the first hour your day. Multiply this through the course of the day and the year, and you begin to recognize the magnitude of the many aspects of your life for which you should be thankful. It’s not something we think about all the time, but there are people in this world who don’t have the things, such as a selection of shoes, we take for granted.

Avoiding Focusing on Negatives
Humans have a way of focusing on the negatives. We may be driving a new car with a full tank of gas on our way to a wedding, but if we get a ticket along the way, it ruins our day. We could be going out to dinner at our favorite restaurant with a lifelong friend, and if the waiter is a bit slow, it can stunt our joy. Heck, most of us have the amazing technology of smartphones available right in the palms of our hands. Still, if a call is dropped or the Internet isn’t working as fast as we expect, our blood pressures rise.

If you want to change your life in a positive way, pay more attention to the people and things in your life and be thankful for them. Take some time and remember some of the moments in your life that have been special to you. Appreciate what you have and what you have experienced. Pay special attention to what makes you happy instead of what others think and you’ll realize you have much more to be thankful for.

I hope you enjoyed this post and if so, I encourage you to leave a comment or share it with someone else. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy Thanksgiving and, Thank You!

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