I have walked this earth for 30 years, and, out of gratitude, want to leave some souvenir. – Vincent van Gogh
Tomorrow in the United States we are celebrating Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Food, food, and more food for starters. That’s already sounding pretty good, don’t you think?
Then there’s family, friends, and the open table. There isn’t a holiday more open to inviting a new person, a close friend, or a long lost relative around your table.
And then there’s its purpose: being thankful.
Being thankful is important in itself. Studies have shown that being conscious about the things you are grateful for positively affects your well being, mental health, and quality of life. Being thankful is good for body, for mind, and for spirit. Gratitude, positive outlook, thankful prayers — they can change us and give us more fulfilling lives.
But what do we do with our thankfulness? Does it just sit there?
This season we could each allow our thankfulness to be a force that overflows more gratitude into other people’s lives.
What could you offer to others out of your thankfulness?
- Are you grateful for a comfortable home? How can you use your home this holiday season to truly help someone else feel at home?
- Are you grateful for your creativity? Could you give a work of art to a charity you hold dear for them to hang in their lobby?
- Are you grateful for your children or your nieces/nephews/grandchildren? Could you offer a creative service to a child for free for 6 months – a sewing lesson, a creative writing course, an introduction to martial arts class?
- Are you thankful for your health? How could you brighten the life of someone who is not as healthy; maybe a person that is home-bound.
What are you thankful for, and how will you overflow with that thankfulness so that it pours out to others?