What a festival is Thanksgiving! If we think about our lives, how we got here and how we will get where we want, there are so many people we owe “Thank you”!
I want to take this opportunity to thank my family, friends, professors, mentors , peers, subordinates and of course, my blog-followers. Without these people, I wouldn’t be what I am today. I find myself so fortunate to be blessed to have these people in and around my life. And of course, thanks to that Almighty, that conferred the humbleness to me to follow the wisdom of these great people.
Gratitude and health
There is an excellent study published by Harvard University about correlation of gratitude and good health. How being thankful or grateful leads to better health?
“The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness (depending on the context). In some ways gratitude encompasses all of these meanings. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.”
“Two psychologists, Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and Dr. Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami, have done much of the research on gratitude. In one study, they asked all participants to write a few sentences each week, focusing on particular topics. One group wrote about things they were grateful for that had occurred during the week. A second group wrote lol about daily irritations or things that had displeased them, and the third wrote about events that had affected them (with no emphasis on them being positive or negative). After 10 weeks, those who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. Surprisingly, they also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation.”
The article clearly illustrates the work of some researchers who established through their studies that people expressing gratitude are very positive in life and thus healthier. Sometimes I feel like science is just a testimony to common sense. Saying thank you is something that we were all taught by our parents, grand parents, teachers and our gurus. By expressing gratitude, one is not only making other feel great but also making oneself look generous and greater. There is no bigger reward than a plain “Thank you”.
Be thankful, happy and healthy
So my dear friends, if you feel like you have never got anything from anyone, I am afraid to say that you are wrong. Life is a journey and the success to reach its destination depends on a lot of factors including people. So it is so impossible to lead a successful life without people or their interventions. Bottom line: We all owe a Thank you to someone if not everyone. On this auspicious holiday, let’s thank everyone that we think are a vital part of our lives. Let’s leave our egos aside and bow to those people who changed our lives and made us positive. Let’s at least thank to that Almighty for keeping us healthy and happy!
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