Over the past decade science has identified the great social, psychological, and physical health benefits that come from giving thanks.

Garden, Home and Party: Gratitude

No longer just a thing we remind ourselves to do at Thanksgiving, gratitude is now a tool for reminding ourselves of the things in our lives that we are lucky to enjoy.

family ⋅ friends ⋅ mother nature ⋅ pets ⋅ a roof over our head ⋅plenty to eat

Yes, sometimes appreciation seems a reach when bad things happen, but overall I’ve experienced a certain amount of balance and comfort when you can stop the stress long enough to realize that even though the water heater broke, your car needs a new transmission or a loved one is diagnosed with a health issue, your life overall is blessed and will go on.  This may seem very Pollyanna like, but it works for most who practice the habit.

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So as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, and the soon to follow Christmas season, try to remind yourself every day over the next 30 days how much you have to be thankful for.  It will be a healthy habit after 30 days, and we can all use a little good health and comfort this time of year, not to mention throughout the year.

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If you’re interested in reading more about the benefits of gratitude, whether you create a mental list or keep a journal, there are some great tips on making happiness a staple in your life here.

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Since this is a blog sit, not Lucy’s stand for counseling (remember Charlie Brown?), I want to share with you some images that make me smile.  I hope you and yours have lots of reasons to be thankful not only this holiday but throughout the year.

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Garden, Home and Party: Gratitude

Garden, Home and Party: Gratitude

Garden, Home and Party: Gratitude

The happiest lives belong to those who own the happiest days.  There are the gilded days – weddings and births, Christmas and holidays – that take their rightful places on pedestals in our memories.  But if we can manage to find beauty and happiness in the midst of the everyday, then we are truly fortunate indeed.

~written and published by Pamela of From The House Of Edward

I hope you enjoy the days leading up to Thanksgiving Day.  I’m always thankful for your friendship ♥