Thanksgiving Reflection, 2015
Faith in a god is not a requisite to experiencing the benefits of gratitude in one’s life. While some define gratitude as being directed to a supernatural being, those without religion are simply…grateful. Gratitude is a personal value, virtue, and a way of life that strengthens us as a community and as individuals, and increases the positive impact we have on the world around us – regardless of our faith or non-faith perspective. Like kindness, gratitude benefits all humans.
This Thanksgiving, don’t just “say grace”. Integrate gratitude into all of your interactions with others (yes, even on Black Friday). Make a commitment to improving your gratitude techniques and be intentional about habituating gratitude in your daily life.
Whatever your Thanksgiving traditions – a quiet evening with pizza delivery, a raucous dinner with family and friends, retreating to a peaceful sanctuary – BE grateful for the good in the world, and BE part of it.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
- BE. | Secular Gratitude Project (with Secular Grace collection)
- Thanksgiving for all. (2014 Thanksgiving Article)
- KindSpring’s 21 Day Gratitude Challenge
- Greater Good | A Scientific View of Gratitude
- Greater Good | Gratitude Links
- Daily Good | The Neuroscience of Gratitude and our Health
- Happify: The Science Behind Gratitude
- Forbes | How feeling grateful can make you more successful
- Psychology Today | Gratitude
- Gratitude Without God