Despite not being American, I love the thought of Thanksgiving. A day set aside to think about what we are thankful for each year. It is so important to be thankful for what we have and show that gratitude. So I thought I would share what I am thankful for this year and some amazing impacts of acknowledging of what we have has on your life.
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What am I thankful for this year?
The last 2 years have been tough to say the least. With everything that has happened over that time, what better time to look at our lives and be thankful for the good in them? Here is my list of things I am thankful for.
- My job – I have had some rough times in the jobs I have had in the past but since starting at my current job, I haven’t been happier in any other job. I am so grateful for the amazing bosses I have, the support and learning they provide, my colleagues and the constant banter going on in the office. Even when I have problems with them, I know how to deal with them and not get too worked up about it. (You may also like – Starting a new job)
- The lessons I have learnt about myself – I started this year as a recently unemployed individual who decided to try her lot as a self employed Virtual Assistant. Nothing against the profession but I came to the realisation that being self employed wasn’t for me. I love structure, consistency and knowing where my next pay check is coming from. The constant stress about money just wasn’t worth it. The security of being back in full time employment is so refreshing.
- My sister – She has given me the best present ever. I am going to an Aunty to the best little man on earth very soon.
- My mum – As much as my mum and I are different, she is always in my corner. She has been my constant support through all my decisions and mistakes. My biggest fan in my successes.
- The blogging community I have found – I started my blogging journey in October 2020 and I am happy to admit, it was pretty scary. I kept thinking who wants to hear what I have to say. A friend of mine encouraged me to take the leap and I am so thrilled I did. The community of people I have found is absolutely amazing. You all have made my year. Special shout out the Olivia Lucie Blake who has been an amazing sounding board, support and wonderful blogging friend to me.
The impact being thankful has on your health
Gratitude has an amazing effect on our health, physical, emotional and mental. In my research I came across some amazing reasons to acknowledge gratitude.
Physical impacts – Strangely enough being aware of the positive things in your life reduces the aches and pains and improves your physical well-being. Your body responds to your mindset. Being thankful is a positive emotion and will have a positive impact on your body.
Emotional health impact – Much like our physical effects, gratitude improves our emotional health and reduces symptoms of depression.
Enhances self-esteem – By being grateful for what we have, our self-esteem is enhanced because we are happy with ourselves the way we are and what we have.
So Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers and friends out there 🙂 What are you thankful this year? I would love to hear from all of you.
Until next time…