Feature of the Month: A Thankful Heart

30 Days of Thanks

30 Days of Thanks

Somewhere along the way I noticed one of my FaceBook friends sharing status updates each day of November for things they were thankful for. I can’t remember who it was now, but it had to have been in 2010. The 1st few days they posted left a lasting impression on me, so I joined in and have been participating each November since then. I typically post 3 things each day on my I’m thankful for on my FaceBook status. I have had friends inbox me and tell me how inspired they were by my posts and some of them joined in too. I even had a friend be inspired to do random acts of kindness for 30 days in December.

In the purest sense, the idea of Thanksgiving is to give thanks. Instead of celebrating for just one day, there is a movement of gratitude that wants to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for the entire month. I fully support this movement and encourage you to come along.

Thankful for what?
We can be thankful for anything, the air we breath, good health, clean water, a job, food to eat, bill money, a fur coat, children, a loving spouse, or employment benefits. What matters most is that we ALL have something to be thankful for. If we really think on it, we probably have at least 30 things, if not to infinity and beyond for things to be thankful for.

Who to thank?
I’m a Christian and I believe in the trinity. That’s God the Father, God the Son & God the Holy Ghost. I believe that all that I have to be thankful for comes from God. In the King James version of The Holy Bible, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”¬†¬†With that said, I know that everyone is not a follower of Christ. I respect everyone’s right to believe as you will and hopefully the love of Christ will shine through me in order for you to respect my beliefs too. In order to know who to thank, it requires us to tap into our spiritual being. We must ask, what higher power do I align myself with? Is it God, the Creator, Allah, or another power I draw strength from? When you determine who that is, that’s who you should thank.

How is being thankful tied to my health and wellbeing?
Thankfulness and gratitude are keys to good health because those positive emotions have been shown to boost your wellbeing and immunity. Research has shown that when people reflect on what they are thankful for before going to bed, they fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer than those who do not practice the same thing.

Now, go ahead, jump on the bandwagon with an attitude of gratitude. After all, gratitude is strongly linked to happiness. What’s better than being happy? Nothing. Leave a comment below and let me know your joining in 30 Days of Thanks. Its’ not too late. Use the hashtag #30daysofthanks or #30DOT on either FaceBook or Twitter.

Blessings and good health,