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.