Talking Point: Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving
We don’t have Thanksgiving here in England and that’s a shame. For a day of giving thanks is a really good idea. It’s too easy to slip into taking things for granted, to stop noticing things. Important things. Things we already have. Things we really value. Things we’d really miss if we didn’t have them. Simple things. Things we’ve stopped noticing because they’re always there.
Focusing on what’s good is good for you
But being thankful is more than just a nice thing to do. Science suggests a positive and appreciative mindset is good for your health and wellbeing. Gratitude can make you feel great. When you focus on what’s already in your life, on the good stuff you already have (no matter how small), you just feel a whole lot better than when you think about what’s wrong, what didn’t happen, what you haven’t got.
So I’m being thankful this Thanksgiving, ignoring the rotten weather and rotten windows I’ve spent all week trying to fix. And I’m indulging in being wholeheartedly thankful. So, what am I thankful for? Well, where do I start….
For my family
For the roof over my head (let’s not mention the rotting windows)
For the food that is (almost always) in my fridge
For heat and warmth
For light and dark and light in the darkness
For colour, art and creativity
For freedom, energy and the spirit of play
For life and dreams and the spirit to chase them
For nature and her magic
For green, green grass and deep blue sky
For music, singing and dancing
For sun, rain, sleet, snow and ice
For sunrise and sunset. Everyday. And especially today.
That’s quite a lot to be thankful for.
Do you think gratitude is good for you? What are you thankful for?
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Talking Point is our series of short Photo Friday posts. Each week we pick a photo, post a talking point and invite you to join the conversation. Do leave a comment with your thoughts.