7 Reasons to be Thankful Every Day

Give thanks and practice gratitude all year long!

Be thankful for the good things in life.

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s slowly approaching that time of year when people begin to reflect on the many reasons to be thankful. While this is a time especially devoted to expressing gratitude, it’s important to be thankful every day of the year. Here are seven reasons to be thankful and how these can improve your life.

Fresh Air to Breathe

Mother Nature is the greatest gift of all, and by stepping outside and connecting with her elements, you’ll discover many opportunities to be thankful; fresh air being one of them.

The simple act of breathing the outdoor crisp fresh air calls for a moment of gratitude. Being in nature in nature will do wonders for your mental and physical wellness, according to the UK organization Mental Health. So, breathe deep and appreciate nature.

Breathe deeply and enjoy nature.

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Enjoying Good Health

Gratitude for your health is more important than ever in the present times. You can promote better health by expressing gratitude for good health, psychologist Martin Seligman explains in his Three Good Things exercise. Seligman’s gratitude intervention presents a method of counting your blessings where you write down three good things that happened to you each day.

Why not give it a go for yourself? Before you go to bed at night, write down three things that you were grateful for that day and reap the benefits of expressing gratitude. Not only are you giving thanks, but you’re also inviting better health your way.

Spending Quality Time With Loved Ones

Having a close circle around you in a supportive environment is one of the many reasons to be thankful all year round. Having that kind of emotional support improves your psychological well-being, according to the Piedmont organization’s website. Spending time with family and friends can enhance one's sense of purpose and make life more meaningful. That’s because it  nurtures connections that can bring deep feelings of love and appreciation. 

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Receiving Love and Appreciation

Whether it’s from your partner, family, or close friends, feeling loved and appreciated by others can bring layers of joy.  A sense of gratitude, thankfulness, and appreciation are feelings that ignite positivity and naturally enhance a person's overall well-being, according to a study on gratitude and wellbeing that was published in the journal Psychiatry. By making the conscious effort to let others know how you value them, you can both enjoy a feel-good boost.

Having a Roof Over Your Head

How often do you pause to appreciate the fact that you have a roof over your head? Despite being so fundamental, shelter is a basic human need that people may take for granted unless they do not have it. Homelessness is on the rise in many parts of the world. In fact, the number of homeless in the US is estimated at 552,830 according to Policy Advice.

In addition to protecting you from the rain, providing a warm place to sleep, and ensuring your and your family's safety, a shelter provides a place for you to relax after a long day at work or create memories. By giving thanks, you honor this.

There’s no place like home.

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Viewing Obstacles as Opportunities

Giving thanks doesn’t always have to be for all the good that comes your way; you can also be thankful for any challenges you face if you shift your mindset to view them as opportunities to grow. 

With a growth mindset, you develop the ability to accept life's challenges as opportunities to grow, leading to greater success, as explained by Dr Carol Dweck's growth mindset concept on his website MindsetWorks

Next time you find yourself complaining about something that may seem challenging, give yourself a pat on the back when you move through these obstacles, as you’ve just practiced self-development and growth. 

Peace of Mind

Peace of mind is one of the greatest reasons to be thankful. While trying to balance work, family, and personal life, stress and overthinking is inevitable. There are many ways to achieve peace of mind, but one of the best in cultivating calmness and tranquility within yourself.

With peace of mind, you will be able to put things in perspective since your mind will be clearer and your heart will be calmer, according to Lifehack. Having peace will motivate you to find the positive in any situation instead of dwelling on the negatives. 

Achieve balance and peace of mind.

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