Happy Thanksgiving! (Really!)

“Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot”

– Hausa Proverb

Aloha, Colleagues!

Thanksgiving can be a difficult time for many of us:  Work and family conflicts, the 18-hours spent cooking a meal consumed in less than one, serious over-eating, competing commitments, you name it! Keeping our families safe during the pandemic can be difficult when loved-ones don’t fully appreciate the risk of holiday gatherings.  The toughest part for me is that a single day can be designated as the time to be thankful.  Seriously, even the dog-groomer is on-board with Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving!  It’s a lovely sentiment, don’t get me wrong,  but to be healthy, we need to cultivate gratitude on a daily basis.

Look at the research across professions:  Every group demonstrates huge benefits of gratitude.  Writing in Forbes in November 2013, a prominent leader in business, Erika Anderson describes how cultivating an attitude of gratitude makes people more successful.  Positive Psychology, an online journal, recently published a review article in which Courntney Ackerman summarized 28 pieces of original research summarizing the benefits of feeling grateful.  She categorizes them into five groups:  emotional benefits, social benefits, personality benefits, career benefits, & health benefits!

Needless to say, this is an area we can all work on. There is a huge wealth of literature out there! Take a few minutes to review the links attached.  You will be glad you did!

https://positivepsychology.com/neuroscience-of-gratitude/

https://positivepsychology.com/benefits-gratitude-research-questions/

Mahalo nui loa, for All You Do!  I am grateful to you & for you!

Leslie