Happy Thanksgiving, Every Day

You are probably being inundated this week, if not all month, with blog posts, tweets and facebook statuses about everything for which everyone is feeling thankful. 

A novel idea was presented to me a few days ago, and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind.  How 'bout we practice the act of being thankful each and every day, all year long?  What would our hearts and minds look like if we devoted ten to fifteen minutes every day to reflect on our blessings?
I don’t know about you, but I have an abominable habit of circling back around, even in the midst of gratitude, to what I don’t have, what I’m missing compared to my neighbor, and how I’ve fallen short. 
It’s the American Way, fueled by massive commercialism and narcissism.
Not to mention the fact that I’m in the Advertising industry, which banks on the reality that people will always feel inadequate enough to buy more stuff to fill that hole.
The proposition of giving thanks every day is not a new one.  It’s just one that we don’t hear about much.  It’s not in our nature and doesn’t jive with what the world tells us.  But there is apparently some kind of scientific proof that if we will do this gratitude thing, on a daily basis, we will be happier.
We will feel more content and peaceful and less itchy and scratchy.
We will feel joy and jubilation, instead of down in the dumps.
We will be open to what the future holds, instead of stuck on what the past didn’t give us.
We will be happier.
Did you hear that? 
I hope it's not false advertising, because I’m buying it.
And I’m really going to try and make a go of it. 
 

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  1. Kudos to you, Jennifer! I'm generally not in favor of adding one more thing to my daily to do list, but this is one that definitely should be on it! Maybe it can replace some of the unproductive thinking I do on a daily basis. xo

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    1. OK, well, let's both try it and see what happens! :)

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  2. I like this idea. I think it's supposed to make chocolate more plentiful in your life, too. Gratitude is great!

    http://truthfully.ca

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    1. Chocolate would be a major bonus!! :)

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  3. I am bookmarking this right now. It sort of bugs me about thanksgiving is that there is this bingeing on gratitude and then we don't hear about it for another 11 months. I am with you: every. single. day. Because everyday I have gifts and this family and health and my brain and my house and my choices. Every day. (Need to ask grammar belle whether it's every day or everyday, but you get the picture.)

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    1. I should have consulted grammar belle, but I took a chance and went with Every Day. Hoping it's right! I'm told that if you do something for 90 days, it officially becomes a habit, so that's what I'm going for with the gratitude thing. Lots to be thankful for!

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  5. Count me in for sure! In fact, I am adding it to my goal sheet for 2013 right now. Because honestly, yes. We should be doing this every day.

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    1. A goal sheet sounds like a wonderful idea. I think I might try that, too!

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  6. Love it. Practicing yoga reminds me of this most days when I go. It really DOES make us happier. You're right though, it's so easy to forget and get sucked backed into our negative thoughts and patterns. That's why we need reminders more than 1 week a year!

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    1. Yoga is something I've always wanted to try, and it's on my list for the coming year!

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  7. I have consciously been trying to replace one negative thought each day with a thought of gratitude. Once I got started, it got easier and easier. I, too, find it annoying that being thankful for life isn't a daily thing.

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    1. That sounds like a great strategy. Surely I can do this, one thought at a time!!

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  8. When you lose almost everything and have to start all over I can tell you its the only thing you can do to imagine what the future holds. This is a good reminder of that. We don't need stuff. We need each other. Thanks for writing this. This is my first time reading this group of wonderful people. I'm so glad to have met everyone.

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    1. Thank you for this. You are so right...all we need is LOVE. Not stuff. Glad to meet you through Yeah Write! I do not always have my act together to be there each week, but I get there when I can!

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  9. I absolutely agree. I've been blogging a lot about things I want to change lately and things I can't control. It's frustrating and unproductive.

    I like your plan much better.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Well, it's good to get that negative stuff out to make room for the positive! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! :)

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  10. Truly wonderful! A point well-made. But I'm gonna have to eat less.

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    1. Thanks, Stacie! Eating less would definitely be the harder part of the challenge for me!!

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  11. I'm with you. Let's spend 365 days being thankful, and 2 or 3 eating turkey and leftovers. It's better than the other way around.

    So, I'm doing it today. How about you?

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    1. I'm doing it...and it feels great! Glad you are joining in, too :)

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  12. I am so guilty of saying "If I just have X then I will be really happy." Invariably, I get X and I am happy for a day, a week, a month.... I so needed to read this and just be happy for everything that I have. I am such a lucky guy!

    Happy Thanksgiving Jennifer!

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    1. Oh, Bill, I am so with you! I thought getting the iphone 5 would change my life...LOL! Don't get me wrong, material stuff is great, but it doesn't bring happiness that lasts. We have so much more to fill our lives with. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!!

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  13. You should check out the author Rhonda Byrne and her gratitude book, if you have not yet done so. Good stuff there and good stuff in this post.

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    1. Thank you, Angela! I will definitely check out that book. Sounds right up my alley.

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  14. Yes, these are words to live by. The meatgrinding process we refer to as divorce helped me appreciate how I've got everything that matters--people I love--in spades, and I always have. I celebrate that as often as I can.

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    1. I am sorry you had to go through something so awful, and I imagine it showed you who your real friends & supporters are. For that, be thankful!

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  15. Years ago, I kept a "gratitude journal" and wrote at least 5 things I was grateful for every day. It was a good thing!

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    1. Yes, gratitude journal sounds like a great idea...I'm going to take a stab at it!

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  16. So true! I have a gratefulness board in my hallway where I try to jot something down every day that I am thankful for. I doesn't keep me from being unhappy, but when I am unhappy, it helps to remind myself of everything good in my life.

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    1. I love this idea! Might have to put one of these by my back door, so I'll see it everytime I go in and out.

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  17. Yes, yes, yes!! I feel the same way exactly. Bravo.

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  18. Just yesterday I did that "replace a thought" thing IASoupMama was talking about. It really did help, but it doesn't come naturally to me at all. Gotta keep thinking about it.

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    1. Replace a thought is an interesting concept. Reminds me of replacing a bad habit with a good habit. And that's what negative thoughts are, aren't they?

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  19. I've tried the 30 days of thankful thing on Facebook (which I now understand to be considered really annoying by the general public). Some days, some really rotten days, I find it does help to find something to be thankful for amidst the nonsense.

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    1. I really like reading my friends' thankful posts on facebook this month. I will never begrudge anyone a positive status on facebook! Beats inflammatory political rants anyday!

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