How To Practice Gratitude This Thanksgiving

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What are you thankful for today?

Well, how much time do you have?

If you ask me this question, on any day of the year, I could give you a laundry list of reasons I am grateful to wake up every day. I could go on and on, with a bullet-point listicle describing each and every purpose for my life. Gratitude is not a lost concept, and whenever I am feeling pessimistic with the day to day stress that is life, I make a mental note in my mind of all the things I have to be grateful for.

It isn’t that difficult to be thankful for the things in our lives. The hard part? Remembering to be thankful. It sounds silly, right? But think about it – we are all SO busy in our daily lives, we never remember to stop and think about what we have. No, not physical things, although we definitely should be thankful for everything. I’m talking about the relationships and the people. The health. The love. The intangible aspects that make our hearts beat and our souls warm.

With the hubbub that is Black Friday and the crazy consumer-driven holidays, it is beyond effortless to get caught up in material things. What are you getting Uncle Jack for Christmas? How much are you spending on the kids? Did Tom get that necklace you hinted at? At the end of the day, physical items are not going to make your world go ’round and give you a sense of satisfaction. Material things will be there, on the floor, in the other room, cold and alone. You? You require tenderness, attachment, and affection. You need the warmth that comes with human interaction.

This Thanksgiving day and throughout the holiday season, make an effort to appreciate people instead of stuff. Reach out to the family member that you haven’t spoken with in so long. Catch your neighbor when they are pulling out of the driveway and ask how they are doing. Place a high worth on other humans who can, in turn, value you back. Relationships are a two way street that require nurturing. Be grateful that you have people in your lives that are willing to walk that street with you.

What do you have to be grateful for?