Thanksgiving All Year Round

Last week may have been Canadian Thanksgiving but there’s actually a tremendous amount of research suggesting that being thankful year-round is beneficial.

Expressing gratitude has been associated with increased optimism, better health choices, improved happiness and well being scores, improved relationships. Read more in these articles from New York Times and Harvard Health.

Here are some ways to practice gratitude:

1. Keep a gratitude journal: Each day, record a few things that you’re grateful for. They can be as big or small as you’d like (like a nice cup of tea and conversation or family and health).

2. Express gratitude to others: keep some thank you cards on hand and when someone helps you, gives you a gift or somehow improves your life – thank them!

3. Reflect on those things you're grateful for. For some people this might be in the form of meditation or prayer.