In lieu of a regular blog this week, please enjoy the following links and quotes about expressing gratitude in our lives, as well as the history of the Thanksgiving holiday tradition.
Gratitude fills our lives with positive energy and brings more things to be grateful for towards us. So what is gratitude? Here is a definition, courtesy of Wikipedia.org:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gratitude
Feeling grateful affects us in a positive way: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/science-thankfulness/story?id=15008148
What are you grateful for today? Who do you appreciate? Make a list and add to it every month, then read your list next year at this time. Tell those you care about that you are grateful they are in your life!
"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has." ~Epictetus
"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." ~William Arthur Ward
"Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give." ~Edwin Arlington Robinson
"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." ~Thornton Wilder
Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. For many, it is a day spent with family and friends, eating turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, warm bread rolls, apple pie and other delicious food. Thanksgiving Day is a tradition dating back hundreds of years. Here is a definition of the history of Thanksgiving, courtesy of Wikipedia.org:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving_(United_States)
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and be grateful. It is also a time for giving. Giving your time, attention, money, food, clothing or help to someone less fortunate is another great way to celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving.
Be grateful for all the wonderful things in your smoke free life, and have a happy Thanksgiving Day!
Vikki Q CTTS-M
Master Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist