Oct 29, 2014

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November 2014 Power Quote



My favorite holiday in America is Thanksgiving, which happens on the fourth Thursday in November every year. There aren’t any presents to exchange, but we do have a fantastically big and traditional meal. All the extended family gathers and my favorite part is going around the table before tucking into the food, and telling everyone what we are thankful for this year.

The vibe of Thanksgiving is much calmer and more peaceful than Christmas. Even as a kid, I had the distinct feeling that this holiday was more special than any other, but I didn’t really understand why.

There’s a lot of psychology and neuroscience that prove unequivocally, that to be thankful or to be grateful, which combines love with the feeling of thanks and appreciation, creates the best state for our mind and body’s health.

When you are grateful, fear disappears and it turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance; Chaos into clarity; Problems into gifts and failures into success. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.

As with all skills, gratitude takes practice. November is a good time to start because “Thanksgivings” are celebrated all around the world about this time of year, not just in America. But if you want to reap the benefits, try thinking of one thing every day that you’re grateful for. I’m practicing it too. While my back hurts from using half-term to return to a workout routine and my eyes are strained from sitting at my computer too long, I am grateful for all the researchers who helped me with this post. I am grateful for my teacher in high school (Mrs. Brandt!) who taught me how to type fast. I’m grateful for the extra time there is during the half term break to get this post out on time! And I am grateful to you for reading this far.

Stuck for ideas? Not anymore! Here’s something to be thankful for every day of this month. (Thank you Google!!)


Nov. 1: Express your gratitude in a note or a phone call to a person who inspires you. Be thankful for this person in your life.

Nov. 2: Take time to enjoy something you own but have ignored.

Nov. 3: Go on a quiet walk through your house. Stop and be thankful for all the good experiences you have had in each room.

Nov. 4: While you are eating a meal, be grateful for the food by savoring each piece with all your senses.

Nov. 5: Choose one thing you use every day — perhaps a favorite pen, book bag or a computer. Be thankful for it.

Nov. 6: Wash your car or clean your telephone and give thanks for the things that help you make connections with other people.

Nov. 7: Show your gratitude for the gifts of nature by incorporating some of them — leaves, twigs, acorns, rocks, sand — into a table centerpiece.

Nov. 8: Find a special way to express your gratitude to a part of your body; for example, give your feet a good massage.

Nov. 9: Convey to your pets how grateful you are to have their company in your daily life.

Nov. 10: Write a letter of appreciation to a musician or author whose work has been an inspiration to you. Send it through his/her website.

Nov. 11: Give thanks for peace in the country you live, and the peacemakers in your life.

Nov. 12: Pass on a gift that you have received but that is sitting unused in a closet. Keeping gifts in circulation is a sign of gratitude.

Nov. 13: After seeing a movie or watching a TV program that touches you, say a prayer of thanks for the writer, director, actors, and actresses.

Nov. 14: Write a letter to a relative in which you acknowledge the special role he or she plays in your family circle.

Nov. 15: Write a tribute in your journal to the person — living or dead — who has lifted your spirits and helped you understand that you are special.

Nov. 16: Write in your journal about a difficult person (even an enemy) who has taught you something you needed to know about yourself and/or your community. End your entry with an expression of gratitude for this insight.

Nov. 17: In gratitude for the good service of a particular shop, tell your friends about the place so that their business can grow.

Nov. 18: Show activists in your community that you are thankful for their efforts by showing up at a meeting or volunteering your time.

Nov. 19: Send money to a charity or a nonprofit organization with a note mentioning your support of the good work they are doing.

Nov. 20: Provide a service to a neighbor by doing a chore, or running an errand.

Nov. 21: Say “thank you” to someone today who least expects it from you.

Nov. 22: To express your gratitude to a good friend for always being there for you, give a CD of your favorite songs or a book that has changed your life.

Nov. 23: As you are moving around your community today, notice and acknowledge the many blessings you receive from living there.

Nov. 24: During a period of silence today, enjoy and give thanks for places and times of silence when you can get in touch with your deepest self.

Nov. 25: Thank a person at school or work for doing his or her job well.

Nov. 26: Identify one quality that you admire about each person you meet in passing.

Nov. 27: As you begin to prepare for Christmas, share stories with each other of memorable Christmas activities you have enjoyed.

Nov. 28: Say “thank you” before your meals. Give thanks for the food, the family around the table, and the love you feel for your family.

Nov. 29: Let “thank you” before the first thought that goes through your head when you wake-up in the morning. Can you hear birds chirping? Be thankful for being able to hear them.

Nov. 30: If you notice litter on the ground, pick it up and throw it away. Be thankful for nature and the beautiful place in which you live.

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