Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thrive thursday: Giving Thanks

This is a on going series that is posted on thursday's, to answer the question: "What helps you to thrive in your environment?" The series is written by myself, and a variety of guest Contributors. This week, I want to comment on how Thanks can make you thrive.

Even though, today in canada is a day like any other, I have a lot of american friends. And so, this is a shout out to them, who are taking a day to pause, and to remember to think about the things that they are thankful for. If there is one thing that Americans do better than Canadians, it is certainly thanksgiving. Ours passes pretty quickly, early in the fall. Many (not all) of us have a quick meal with family, are thankful for the 3 da
y weekend, and move on. From my experience, that it not the same in the States. Food is incredible (especially in the south, where I have spent at least 3 American Thanksgvings), you have the whole friday thing, and travel across the states is the busiest for the entire year.

So, why does Giving Thanks help us thrive? Well, I believe that when you give thanks, it allows you to think outside of yourself. if you are a spiritual individual, you acknowledge the forces outside of yourself that allow you to thrive. Giving thanks allows you to think of all the good things in life. all the things that make you feel good: good health, family, education, friends, sports, food, weather, love, cute animals... anything.

Giving thanks allows us to think outside ourselves. and when we think outside ourselves, we become less selfish. and when we become less selfish, for some reason, we become more confident. And, when we become more confident? well, that allows us to thrive.

Happy American Thanksgiving, friends!

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