By Gary Hibbs
As we go into the holiday months (can you believe it?!?) our attention turns toward Thanksgiving and gratitude this month of November. No matter your creed, beliefs, or non-beliefs, gratitude is a universally human experience that leaves us all better. Whether religious or not, the universal touchstones of community, interdependence, and relationships bring great opportunity for gratitude.
Both the giver and the receiver are better and healthier when there is gratitude. A Time magazine health article from a year ago cited numerous studies that back up the science that a grateful person is a healthier person. Gratitude is proven to improve, among other things, our patience, relationships, self-care, sleep, eating habits, depression, and happiness.
Oprah Winfrey gave some good advice: “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Happy Thanksgiving.