Thursday, November 25, 2010

Gratitude on Thanksgiving day

"Don't look at what you have not accomplished in the last year, look at what you have accomplished. Review only Success" 

"I complained that I didn't have shoes, until i met someone who didn't have feet"

"Count your blessings"

If someone asked you what are all the things you are thankful or grateful for? Could you answer that right away? Probably not, because most people don't look at what they already have, which they take for granted, they  tend to look at what they don't have, their unfulfilled desires.

Many people after watching the award winning movie "Slumdug Millionaire" probably realized how good they have it and counted their blessings even for a moment.

There is a website that compares how rich you are with the rest of the world. Do you realize that 85% of the world's population earns less than $5.98/Day and $2,182/Year? If you earn more than that, consider yourself blessed! and

A recent study set out to determine the affects of gratitude. The study required several hundred people in three different groups to keep daily diaries. The first group kept a diary of the events that occurred during the day, while the second group recorded their unpleasant experiences. The last group made a daily list of things for which they were grateful.

The results of the study indicated that daily gratitude exercises resulted in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism and energy. Additionally, the gratitude group experienced less depression and stress. They were more likely to help others, exercised more frequently and made more progress toward personal goals. According to the findings, people who feel grateful are also more likely to feel loved. Researchers noted that gratitude encouraged a positive cycle of reciprocal kindness among people because one act of gratitude encourages another.

This suggests that anyone can increase their sense of well-being and create positive social effects just from counting their blessings.

What are you thankful for?

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