Thanksgiving Day in the USA is celebrated by a holiday; it is in remembrance of the Pilgrims who came to the USA and who celebrated, in thanksgiving, their first harvests back in 1621. They met with hardships in their first winter but celebrated with a ceremony of Thanksgiving for a successful harvest with plenty of food to see them through the next winter. Today, Thanksgiving, right from those early days, remains a holiday – it’s about food that was provided; it’s about their faith; their gratitude and thankfulness to God.
We all really know what it is to be thankful – we give thanks for the good things we receive. But scientists say today, that really counting your blessings all year round for good health and that includes your mental health – that it actually boosts your own chances of success. The Harvard Medical Schools defines thankfulness as an “appreciation of things that are valuable or meaningful to you”.
It’s about appreciating Life whatever it brings
When we take time to appreciate things we have received, whether they are intangible or tangible, it makes our emotions become more positive. We relish the good times and it improves our health, it helps us to deal with adversity when it comes and it builds strong relationships; all very crucial in our relationships at home and in the workplace. In fact, studies have shown that participants participating in the ‘benefits of positive emotions’, revealed that those who did express gratitude and thankfulness showed an increase in “life satisfaction” in the ensuing days.
It is not only scientists who proclaim about the benefits of being thankful. Some very successful business minds and celebrities have added their confirmations to how important it is to live a life filled with gratitude. Some people whom you can look up are Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Warren Buffet. In fact, Warren Buffet often mentioned his gratefulness about achieving his high level of success. Once when he was giving a speech to students at the University of Florida in 1998, he told them how lucky he felt to have been born in the place he was born; he felt lucky to have his parents and lucky with many things – lucky that he was wired the way he was in the market economy to have had it pay off like crazy as it did for him. He sent a note of thanks to his Berkshire-Hathaway shareholders, saying “I’m a lucky guy.” He added that he was extremely fortunate to be surrounded by such excellent staff, to have such talented operating managers plus a boardroom of such wise and experienced directors.