5 Reasons to be Thankful Everyday

Leave it to the 15-year-old to give me great blog material. (Teenagers are good for that. Hangout with some from time to time, you’ll see.) Last night we were prepping a family dinner buffet in the kitchen, (Leftover Island as we sometimes call it – every man for himself, you know the drill), and discussing the upcoming holidays. The 15 yr old pipes up ” I hate Thanksgiving. Why do we even have celebrate it? It’s not like the pilgrims were the wise men.”

We were puzzled because he usually loves the holidays but figured it was just typical teen angst, right? All the world is dark and life as we know it has no value, blah, blah, blah…..right? That was the path I was expecting the conversation to take.

Instead he explained his statement , through a bite of mashed potatoes and a bread roll torn into pieces: “Shouldn’t we just  be thankful everyday and live a thankful life all the time? I am.”  (All of a sudden I was BEAMING!! On the inside of course, Moms of teens have to play it cool. ) 

Picture of kids smiling

I’m pretty thankful for each of these people in my life everyday. We are blessed with 4 amazing kids and 2 handsome nephews.

That comment while  unexpected from my sometimes cranky teen, got me to thinking about how we live and what teach our children about being thankful everyday. There are some pretty great everyday benefits to living a thankful life that have nothing to do with turkey, stuffing, or pilgrims.  Here are 5 of my favorites.

1 You will sleep better.  Psychology Today reported that people who spent 15 minutes writing down what they were thankful for they fell asleep faster and slept longer.

2 Your marriage will be stronger. Spending time thinking on the good things your partner does greatly impacts how you feel about them overall and reduces the stress of minor irritations. A simple “Thank You for…” also lets them know how much you appreciate them.

3 You wont get sick as often.  Studies have shown those who practice daily gratitude go to the doctor less often,  show signs of feeling less pain, have lower blood pressure and are less likely to develop mental disorder.

4 You will be happier.  When I was behaving ungratefully as a child, my dad always referred to it as needing an “attitude adjustment”.  It has been said that ‘bad is stronger than good’. Have you ever noticed how 1 negative thought can turn your day upside down? By thinking about all the things you have to be thankful for, even for just a few minutes, you will have reset your mental attitude balance to more good thoughts than bad.

5 You will be more attractive.  People who are thankful smile more. Studies have shown that people who smile more are judged as more attractive by the majority. People who smile are often friendlier, have a better sense of humor and are more socially engaging.

 
BONUS: 6 You will have better friends. True story. Just ask the Golden Girls. “Thank you for being a friend….” 

Comments

  1. I love this blog, and am going to share it at our dinner table for Thanksgiving!

  2. I just love this! Even though it didn’t really even go, I just had to link to it in my Thanksgiving tablescapes round up 🙂 Great stuff, Alice! And beautiful family!
    Tasha @ Thirty-one:10 recently posted…Beautiful Thanksgiving TablescapesMy Profile

  3. Great reasons to focus on thankfulness every day! I love them.
    Tracie recently posted…Good-Bye Apostrophe, I Will Miss YouMy Profile

  4. Last January my New Years Goal was to be grateful for five things everyday. I have to tell you it works. I have never been happier or healthier.
    It wasn’t always easy to shut the negative thoughts up but it got so much easier with practice.
    What a great thing for a teen to say, you are doing it right!
    Doreen McGettigan recently posted…Where were you that day? Remembering President Kennedy and other Fragments..My Profile

  5. This is such a good idea! I need to be more mindful of this in general.
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