Expressing gratitude and being thankful affects our attitude and our health

Happy Thanksgiving!

Did you know celebrating thankfulness and gratitude is not limited to the U.S.? Although not celebrated on the same day, it is something that occurs in dozens of countries across the globe and is often related to autumn harvests.

The Psychiatric Medical Care Communications Team shares that there is a difference between thankfulness and gratitude, and both favorably impact our health.

They share that thankfulness is a reaction, that it is a temporary emotional response generally occurring when something fun or exciting happens.

Gratitude on the other hand is a “chosen state of being”. It includes expressing thankfulness and being appreciative even when nothing out of the ordinary happens.

Incorporating both into our lives (and the lives of others) will provide feelings of satisfaction and well-being.

Wishing you an abundance of both!

Mike and Jan

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation
is not to utter words, but to live by them.
–John F. Kennedy