Gratitude: Not Just For Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is my very favorite holiday as it serves as a reminder of the importance of gratitude.

Since 1621, our ancestors in the United States have been celebrating Thanksgiving. Historically, throughout Europe, festivals were held after the harvest to give thanks and celebrate together as a community. Native Americans also celebrated the harvest season.

We continue the tradition today nearly 400 years later, but for most of us, when we hear the word Thanksgiving, we usually think of turkey and stuffing, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, football and gatherings with family and friends.

We all know that Thanksgiving is about giving thanks, but yet many times in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we forget the importance of gratitude, not just on Thanksgiving, but every other day as well.

It’s not surprising that the most successful and happiest people on the planet are also the ones who practice gratitude on a regular basis. However, what might give one pause, is that the most grateful people are also the most successful and the happiest.

Which came first, the gratitude or the success? Are these people grateful because they’re successful, or successful because they’re grateful?

According to hundreds of successful luminaries, everything starts with gratitude. Gratitude can turn fear into trust and has the power to turn ordinary into extraordinary….Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com.

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33 comments

Fiona T.
Fi T.3 years ago

Gratitude is to life fulfilment

Thorn Briar
Past Member 3 years ago

Thank you

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

good reminder

Aileen C.
Aileen C.3 years ago

We can easily get feeling sorry for ourselves when times are hard.
I did until I started the old wisdom of counting my blessings.
I am really lucky to have the good things in life,health, family, pets and the beauty of the world. I am not hungry or cold or too frightened by outside influences.
I live in a stable society with no war.
The kindness we give goes around the world
Lets all help each other today and every day in any small way we can think of.

rene davis
irene davis3 years ago

thank you.

Barbara H.
Barbara H.3 years ago

Lauren W - You stated,"Two streams of thought regarding your article; 1) what's your definition of "successful" person? and 2) if our ancestors since 1621, then we're talking white, Christian. A slap to the black and Native Americans of 1621, in my opinion."
Please give it a rest for a day. Nowhere does the article define wealthy as someone with a lot of money. It also states that Native Americans celebrated Harvest. We are who we are. We didn't get to choose who our biological parents were and I refuse to keep apologizing for that. How celebrating Thanksgiving is a slap to those who aren't white or Christian is probably news to those who aren't white or Christian and are celebrating Thanksgiving today. I think you may have missed the point of the article.


a             y m.
g d c.3 years ago

hmmm

Beverly S.
Beverly S.3 years ago

Feel grateful, don't just say so...

Sheila Stevens
Sheila S.3 years ago

"We continue the tradition today nearly 400 years later, but for most of us, when we hear the word Thanksgiving, we usually think of turkey and stuffing, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, football and gatherings with family and friends."
I think these are especially nice traditions that bring friends and family together share things that can be enjoyed and appreciated by all ages. I hate seeing the "Black Friday" ads that now start at 8PM Thanksgiving night! Disgusting!


Lauren Weinstock
Lauren Weinstock3 years ago

Two streams of thought regarding your article; 1) what's your definition of "successful" person? and 2) if our ancestors since 1621, then we're talking white, Christian. A slap to the black and Native Americans of 1621, in my opinion.
I believe I'm a "successful" person; though with a moderately poverty level lifestyle, supporting my disabled son and helping my other children when possible. We all have good health. The accumulation of money and trappings of money is not what I call wealthy.