Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S. For some time Leah Dieterich has been writing a blog (thxthxthx.com) giving thanks to ordinary aspects of life. In a recent posting, she wrote:
“Dear Not Drinking,
Thanks for being like drinking but with fewer calories, no hangovers and less chance of accidents.”
She also thanks her digestive system for working and so on. You might wonder what she gets out of all that thankfulness, but there is good evidence that gratitude is good for one’s health — it tends to aid sleep, reduce anxiety and depression, etc. See http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/22/science/a-serving-of-gratitude-brings-healthy-dividends.html?hpw.
I feel grateful for having family and friends, for good health, freedom, having a job, having abilities and opportunies, and — yes — for my digestive system working. All my systems are go for continued life.
For what you are grateful?
John Malouff, PhD, JD
Associate Professor of Psychology