If you get misty passing the gravy to Uncle Frank just because he’s actually at the table again this year when it seemed like he might not survive that March heart attack, you’re experiencing the power of gratitude.
Call it the Thanksgiving Effect. This is the one day out of the year when we’re actually directed by tradition to be thankful for the blessings in our lives. Thanksgiving provides the framework — the consciousness — to see that our lives are a bounty of good things, if we just take the time to look.
Of course it goes without saying that practicing gratitude isn’t confined to Thanksgiving. It just happens to come naturally and profoundly on this day. It takes a concerted effort to cultivate an ongoing attitude of gratitude, but mental health experts, members of the clergy and self-help gurus all testify to its power to make a positive difference in our lives.
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