Thankfulness can Improve your life, Improve your Mind #atoz

This entry is part 21 in the series Improve Your Life, Improve Your Mind

Today, we reach the letter T in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. In the theme, Improve your Life, Improve your Mind, I’ve chosen T for Thankfulness

There is much that can be said for thankfulness and I’m not sure any of it is bad.  So much so that I’ve set myself a year-long challenge to keep recording thanks—2018 thanks in the year 2018 in fact. In order to get to 2018, I need to record 39 thanks per Thursday under the topic, Thankful Thursday. Although this has been somewhat difficult to keep up with during the A to Z challenge, I’m still on target, although there may be some necessary catch-up over the next couple of weeks.

About a year ago, I read a book by Darlene Reyburn with the unusual title of Dragons and Dirt. You can read her lovely post here:

Christmas Every Day

So what are some of the offshoots of thankfulness? Here are just some of them:

  • It improves  your feelings of happiness.
  • It will reduce feelings of aggression, hatred, unhappiness.
  • Being thankful can improve your physical health.
  • It can also improve your psychological health and mental state.
  • Senses of negative stress and tension will be relieved.
  • It helps to build up self esteem, and will probably help you to keep a good job.
  • Thankfulness can improve your sleep patterns.
  • It will hit at depression and other negative emotions.
  • It will also promote feelings of empathy and understanding.
  • Thankfulness makes it possible to open more healthy relationships.

Here are three ways you can improve your thankfulness today:

  1. Think now of someone who has done something special for you: Sit down right now and send them a message to say thank you!
  2. Identify one thing for which you are grateful that happened or was done for you over the past weekend. Write about it o Social Media (or on this post).
  3. Visit or phone someone and tell them something you are happy about, and thank them for their friendship or other good thing they have done.

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19 comments on “Thankfulness can Improve your life, Improve your Mind #atoz

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  2. Gratitude is such an important part of life. I love how, after remembering to give it often, the practice becomes a new habit!!

  3. Being thankful is not only good for our physical, mental and emotional well being, but it has the power to change our life and perspective towards things. So am all for gratitude in every day life. Thanks for the reminder, Shirley!

  4. What a wonderful practice you’ve undertaken for 2018!

    I’ve always liked what G. K. Chesterton said: “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

  5. Gratitude is the best attitude, as they say. Glad to see such a good post. I like the last section on how you can improve your thankfulness.

    • I’m going to do a double next week! I’ve had a blood pressure crisis and it’s been a real struggle to keep on top of the A to Z this week. So I’ll double up on my thankfulness post next week!

  6. Having a gratitude attitude definitely improves our lives. Reminds me of that old hymn: When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed, When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings; name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

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