A Lot to Be Grateful for This Christmas?

Posted by Aaron Keegan on 17-Nov-2015 12:12:46

Christmas is a busy time for all, but there should still be time to put on our "thanking caps" and remember what we’re grateful for. Frequently saying thanks can lead to feeling healthier and happier, all year long.

So what are some things to be grateful for? Well, for starters, how about any, or all, of the following as suggested by Suzanne Handler, M.Ed:

1. For family, even if certain relatives drive you absolutely wild with the desire to escape to another planet.
2. For the awareness that you are not responsible for the bad behaviour of others, even if they are related to you by blood.
3. For those friends who love and support you no matter what - "through thick and thin", as the old adage says.
4. For the abundance of food set before you - knowing that people are starving in every corner of the world, while your plate is often overflowing.
5. For the generosity of others who lead by example, whether by giving their time, money, or talent to lend a helping hand.
6. For good health - possibly the most cherished gift of all; the one that can't be bought, wrapped, or returned.
7. For the wisdom of parents and grandparents, both present and deceased. Be grateful that even if you believe their mistakes wounded you in ways great or small, their intentions were, in most instances, well meaning, and who you are today is a result of their guidance and those struggles.
8. For the knowledge that complete turkey dinners are available for purchase at the supermarket should yours suddenly go up in smoke.
9. For the realisation that something will inevitably go wrong, even under the best of circumstances, and that it is OK if it does. Look at the big picture and try to laugh it off.
10. And lastly, be grateful that this day, dinner, or disaster will soon pass, and you can get back to your real life in January, the most boring, uneventful month of the year.

Gratitude is not just for Christmas! Make giving thanks a daily habit, whether it?s sending a thank-you note, smiling or simply pausing to say a quiet thanks!

Topics: Resilience

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