I am a big fan of OF NOT skipping the celebration of Thanksgiving and find it quite ironic that the day AFTER we sit down and enjoy our blessings, share with those around us, and simply reflect on how thankful we need to be for what we have, we then spend the next day shopping to get more, more, more. Sure, it is for the guise of buying for others and finding good deals, and that is all grand. But, if you are anything like me, I will probably find a few “new” things that I need too! So this year, let’s do it a little differently. Let’s add to our own mental health attitude toward others and ourselves and be thankful with an attitude of gratitude. We are going to do the 12 days of Thanksgiving. I hope you’ll join with me!
The practice of gratitude has amazing daily benefits, improving overall health and wellbeing in every aspect of life. Gratitude elevates, energizes and transforms. Considered the strongest predictor of life satisfaction, gratitude keeps us close to God, improves relationships and increases happiness levels. Martin Luther referred to gratitude as “The basic Christian attitude” and today it is still referred to as “the heart of the gospel.”
The 12 Days of Thanksgiving
1. Count your blessings
What are you grateful for today that you already have in your life?
Thank God for everything. Make a list of the people, provisions, situations, opportunities and His presence in your life.
– Keep a gratitude Journal
Before going to bed at night, consider at least three things about your day that you are grateful for and the reasons why. Jot these down in a journal.
– Fill a gratitude blessing bowl
Use a special bowl to place notes that express gratitude. Put marbles or stones in a bowl, representing each heartfelt appreciation.
– Create a thankful tree
Write what you are grateful for on tags and hung them on a large branch or small tree.