Thanksgiving is almost here. Not only is it a time for getting together with loved ones, watching football and eating a delicious meal, it is also a time for giving thanks. I love that there is a holiday dedicated to giving thanks. However, knowing the benefits of expressing gratitude, I wish that everyone would practice it everyday.

How often do you give thanks for the big and small things in your life? Do you have a tendency to take things for granted until a significant event reminds you to be thankful for all that you have? It is easy for us to get caught in this trap. Here’s how to get out of it:

Take a moment right now to notice how you are feeling. Once you have identified your feelings, think of five things you are grateful for. It can be anything: your favorite food, a modern day convenience like running water or your smartphone, or your health. Now notice how you are feeling after expressing gratitude. Was there a shift in your mood? I’m hopeful that your mood has improved as a result of expressing thanks, as research shows that people who are grateful experience less depression and stress and are more satisfied with their personal relationships and life in general. Taking one minute each day to list things that you are thankful for can have a significant impact on your life. Give it a try and let me know how it works.

For my gratitude list today: I am grateful for surviving the first year of parenthood. I am grateful for the health of my loved ones. I am grateful for chocolate. I am grateful for heat in my home and car on really cold days. Finally, I am grateful for my clients. You have welcomed me into your lives, trusting me enough to share your pain and allowing me to guide you on a path to living a meaningful life.

Wishing you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Alisa

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”-Melody Beattie