Why Practicing Gratitude is Sexy
Turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie, travel challenges and family get-togethers…Thanksgiving in the US is all that and more. I want to talk about another dimension of Thanksgiving, the importance of gratitude. Having a gratitude practice – on Thanksgiving and every day – can help you get through tough times. This quote by Melody Beattie says it so well:
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
A few short years ago, right before Thanksgiving, Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the East Coast. In the aftermath of the destruction and loss, I became acutely aware of the blessings in my life. I felt grateful for the roof over my head, heat, abundant food in my pantry and fridge, supportive friends and a loving family. I felt lucky that I never lost power, even though my neighbors a block away had been out of power for a week. I was amazed that my home and property did not suffer damage and that my biggest headache was removing the sticks and large branches that fell in my yard.
As I think about recent national and international crises, the issues I’m dealing with in my life pale in comparison. That’s because I have a daily gratitude practice. What does that mean? Find out here by reading the full article at Better After 50. To read more, click here.