My reflection today:￼
“Gratitude is the expression of appreciation for what one has.￼￼ It is a recognition of value independent of monetary worth. Spontaneously generated from within, it is an affirmation of goodness and warmth. This social emotion strengthens relationships, and its roots run deep in evolutionary history-emanating from the survival value of helping others and being helped in return. Studies show that specific areas of the brain are involved in experiencing and expressing gratitude.
Gratitude is a spontaneous feeling but increasingly, research demonstrates its value as a practice – that is, making conscious efforts to count ones blessings. Studies show that people can deliberately cultivate gratitude-and there are important social and personal benefits to doing so. It is possible to feel grateful for loved ones, colleagues, animals, nature, and life in general. The emotion generates a climate of positivity that both reaches inward and extends outward.”￼ – Psychology Today￼￼￼￼
There are so many things going on in our world right now that caused so much stress.
My mother always said of all the holidays she loved Thanksgiving most of all because it was a day set aside to be thankful for everything. ￼Each one of us can make a conscious effort to be grateful for at least one thing every day.
Now thank we all our God with hearts and hands and voices