A Season of Thanks
With Thanksgiving just days away I have found myself being quite conscious of all the things I should be and am thankful for in my life. It is easy to worry and stress over all the things we don’t have, need to get done, and wish were different. All of those worries and wants rob us of joy. Living in America we are so lucky for all the luxuries in life we take for granted daily. It is also very American of us to think what we have isn’t enough. In this season of Thanksgiving my hope is we can all find a moment to be grateful and happy with all we have right here, right now. Not to mention, studies have shown being grateful can increase happiness and lead to increased levels of energy, optimism, and empathy.
The following might help you in your quest for gratitude:
-780 million people around the world do not have access to clean water. Here in America we are all incredibly lucky to have easy access to a clean drink when we need it.
-We have Freedom’s others can only dream about. We can practice whatever religion we choose or none at all, we can speak how we want, dress how we want, and go where we want with whoever we’d like.
-Almost one-sixth of the world’s population lives without adequate shelter; they live in cardboard boxes, tin-roofed shacks, one-room mud huts or filthy, crowded tenements. If you have a roof over your head you have a lot to be thankful for.
-At least 80 percent of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. The world’s average income is about $7,000 a year. If you make over that you are considered rich. These statistics can be wildly humbling if you feel like you can never make enough money.
-Despite complaints about medical care and the education system in the United States, both are high quality. People come from all around the world to take advantage of them.
This quote from Buddha pretty much sums it all up.
“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”
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