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Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

The Power Of Gratitude

By November 17, 2010

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I love celebrating Thanksgiving, and I think it's a vastly underrated holiday! I understand that it's only an American holiday, so it doesn't have the momentum of worldwide celebration, and it's not traditionally a gift-giving holiday, so it doesn't have the push of consumerism behind it, like Christmas and, to a lesser extent, Hanukah. (I roll my eyes when I'm shopping for Halloween supplies in October and I invariably find them alongside a smattering of Christmas supplies from overzealous merchants.) Still, for everything we can gain from giving thanks, I'd really like to see more celebration of this wonderful holiday, in the form of increased acts of kindness and greater gratitude from people in their daily lives.

What we gain from gratitude is more than just warm fuzzies from people who appreciate what we do for them--gratitude is like love, where the person giving it gains even more than the recipient. Gratitude leads to a sense of wellbeing that's good for physical and emotional health. And, while some people are born with a greater propensity toward feeling grateful, and some people develop it as a by-product of their upbringing or certain life experiences, gratitude can also be cultivated by anyone who wants to experience more of it in their daily lives, with some simple exercises.

The following gratitude resources can help you to understand the benefits of gratitude, and develop more gratitude in your life. Be truly thankful this Thanksgiving--and let these feelings stay with you throughout the holiday season and into the new year!

What are you most grateful for? How do you cultivate a sense of gratitude? Share your thoughts in the comments or on Facebook--we'd love to hear!

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