“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
Tomorrow is our Thanksgiving holiday and the beginning of a four day weekend for the Daily. My wife and I will be joining family and friends at my oldest daughters. As I said yesterday I have a lot to be thankful for and I appreciate the opportunity to reflect on what is good in my life. But it is not enough to just be thankful for what we have it is also important to be grateful for all the people that enrich our lives. I think to often some of us take the things folks regularly do for us for granted. So lets not just be thankful let’s take this opportunity to also let the people in our lives know we appreciate them.
Here are some thoughts written by Skip Prichard that I think are appropriate.
Thankfulness and Gratitude
In the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving this week. That usually means overindulging in food, football, and family. It’s also a time to increase our gratitude for the many blessings we have. For years, I have studied the benefits of an attitude of gratitude. I’m amazed at study after study that demonstrates its incredible power. Gratitude helps us:
Get promotions at work
Improve our self esteem
Increase our energy
Develop a strong immune system
Decrease blood pressure
Increase sleep quality
Reduce and cope with negative stress
Have deeper friendships
Improve job performance
Become more likable
Reach goals faster
Increase feelings of happiness and wellbeing
Reduce negative emotions such as envy, hatred, and anger
Increase positive emotions such as love and empathy
There are many ways to increase gratitude in our lives. One of the best ways is to start a gratitude journal. But, let’s face it: many of us won’t commit to doing that. So, let’s make this simple. Let’s improve our spirit of thanksgiving and gratitude right now, whatever we are doing, wherever we are, even if we are not celebrating Thanksgiving.
3 Steps to Boost Thanksgiving
- Close your eyes and picture three people who made a difference in your life. Whether they are alive or not, think about them and how grateful you are that these people made an impact on you.
- Send a positive, encouraging text to someone right now, thanking that person for something he or she has done for you.
- Share something you are thankful for. Use the comments below or take to your favorite social media outlet.
If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.
A distinguished rabbi and a friend were playing golf. It was a very close match, and at the last hole the two were only one stroke apart. The rabbi teed up, addressed the ball, and swung his driver with great force…slicing the ball deep into the woods.
The rabbi glared, and bit his lip while his face turned crimson, but said nothing. His opponent looked at him for a moment and then remarked, “Rabbi, that is the most profane silence I have ever heard.”
He said, “My father is so old that when he was in school, history was called current affairs.”
The blonde had been married about a year when one day she came running up to her husband jumping for joy. Not knowing how to react, the husband started jumping up and down along with her.
“Why are we so happy?” he asked.
“Honey, I have some really great news for you!” She said. “Great!” he said, “Tell me what you’re so happy about.”
She stopped jumping and was breathless from all the jumping up and down. “I’m pregnant!” she gasped.
The husband was ecstatic as they had been trying for awhile. He grabbed her, kissed her, and started telling her how wonderful itw as, and that he couldn’t be happier.
Then she said “Oh, honey there’s more!”
“What do you mean more?”, he asked.
“Well we are not having just one baby, we are going to have TWINS!”
Amazed at how she could know so soon after getting pregnant, he asked her how she knew.
“It was easy” she said, “I went to the pharmacy and bought the 2-pack home pregnancy test kit and both tests came out positive!”
Waiter: Would you like your coffee black?
Customer: What other colors do you have?
A wee guy was sitting at a bar staring at his drink for ages. Suddenly, a big biker came along, snatched his glass, guzzled down the contents and laughed, “Hah! So what you gonna do about that, little man?”
“Nothing,” sighed the little guy despondently. “You see, today has been the worst day of my life. This morning I overslept and was late for an important meeting. My boss was furious and so he sacked me. I cleared my desk, went to my car, only to discover that it wasn’t there – somebody had stolen it. So I got a taxi home, but when it came to paying the driver I realized I’d forgotten my wallet. I then went into my house and I found my wife in bed with the gardener. So I left home and came to this bar. And just when I was thinking about ending it all, you came along and drank my poison…”
If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.
It takes a really tall tale to win the annual Burlington, Wis., Liars Club Contest. So tip your hat to Gordon Zwicky, because he’s a worthy champion. A neighbor, said Zwicky, told him and his wife Dorothy that they’d be fine as long as they paid attention to the road signs along the way. But they’d driven just 30 miles when they saw one that read, “Clean Restrooms Ahead.”
Two months later, they arrived in Florida exhausted, having used up 86 bottles of Windex, 267 rolls of paper towels, and three cases of toilet-bowl cleaner. Total restrooms cleaned: 450.
“Send gratitude to the world and surprising advantages will return back to you.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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