Many children begin saying the words “please” and “thank you” a little after the age of one. With the encouragement of parents and caregivers these children learn at a young age that if they are on the receiving end of something, they should say thank you in return.
Although this is not a trait that is picked up overnight, saying thank you is something that we learn over time. With gentle reminders along the way, children understand that giving thanks is required of them if they want to receive special blessings.
As a child, my fondest memories were of me preparing what I was most thankful for as we stood as a family in prayer before Thanksgiving dinner. I would spend most of the day thinking of what I was genuinely grateful for. As each family member shared, you could feel each one of our hearts swell as we stood together in thanks for one another.
Giving thanks make us happier and healthier, and the science of well-being proves that when we count our blessings, we begin to see that our lives share even greater blessings.
One of my close friends Jill has been engaging her Instagram with “22 Days of Thankfulness.” Each day she has offered something to her audience that she is thankful for no matter how big or small. This morning as I clicked on her page, her Day 18 message was, “I am thankful for the ability to buy healthy food.” In the moment of reading that, I took a breath and offered thanks for that very same thing.
Gratitude deeply connects us, and the practice of giving thanks crosses all cultural and religious sectors. No matter what you choose to believe in, offering thanksgiving grounds your life and renews your faith. Each time you say thank-you, the Divine Spirit smiles and says, “You are welcome.”
Begin this holiday season by thanking God for all you wish to receive in your life. Whether you desire a deeper connection in relationships, financial freedom to travel and explore your passions, or a healthier physical and emotional landscape, be thankful for it right now. The moment you become grateful, the Universe offers a gentle reminder that you are welcome to receive all of life’s special blessings.
I am grateful you all have chosen to journey BEYOND with me this year, and I am wishing you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.