Many of us regard the Thanksgiving holiday as an annual opportunity for counting our blessings.
There's a good reason for practicing the giving of thanks throughout the year: Research suggests that cultivating an "attitude of gratitude" is associated with greater
- physical and mental health;
- generosity and kindness; and
- resilience in difficult times.
It seems that by giving thanks, you end up with more to be thankful for! There is evidence that the more time you spend in a perspective of gratitude, the more your positive neural pathways engage. Your mind becomes tuned toward seeing the positive in life. So you're more apt to find yourself humming through the irritations of your day than griping about them.