November is catered to comfort: cozy blankets, scented candles and hearty meals meant to touch our souls and bring about pleasant nostalgia. It’s easy to envision the “things” the season brings, but what about what it brings about in us?
It can be difficult to think of this month without jumping to Thanksgiving and the sometimes-hectic anticipation surrounding it. Every year, the fourth Thursday of the month is an excitedly and anxiously awaited celebration — with enough stress to go around.
Amongst the warmth and contentment of the season, where does this often-accompanying pressure come from? Hosting the annual event and preparing food for family and friends? The inevitable aftermath and cleanup? Maybe from the notion that Thanksgiving opens the gate to the whirlwind that is the winter season.
What the holiday is really about is simple: giving thanks.
In our everyday lives, things become ordinary. This isn’t necessarily a negative, but we tend to take things for granted and forget to appreciate the little things. Yet in November, we spend the weeks leading up to the big day thinking about what we are most grateful for.
What if we carried this tradition into our lives year-round? How much richer would our moments be?
Much, according to Michael Craig Miller, M.D., former editor-in-chief of the Harvard Mental Health Letter and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. There are several advantages to feeling and expressing gratitude.
Being thankful can help you:
Feel more positive emotions. Relish good experiences. Improve health. Deal with adversity. Build strong relationships.
Being appreciated and recognizing worth in others simply feels good, but really, being grateful also has clear benefits.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” —John F. Kennedy
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We’re grateful for you this Thanksgiving and every season.