We’ve discussed gratitude benefits previously this month. We did it again here. That’s because today is the official day in the United States devoted to actually giving thanks. Yes, we call it Thanksgiving. And, it’s in November every year.
Likely, you’ll be spending your Thanksgiving Day stuffing your face, hanging with family, and maybe watching football or planning your Black Friday shopping. In the midst of all this chaos (and hopefully fun), I encourage you to take a few minutes (or more) to think about what you’re grateful for. Remember, being grateful is good for your health.
I’d recommend actually writing down a few of your examples too. Keep this list handy and look at it frequently when you’re upset or discouraged. In the United States, we have many, many things to be grateful for that people in other countries lack: food, clean water, medical attention, safety, etc.
Once you’ve come up with that gratitude list, actually thank someone. Start with your parents. I know they may get on your nerves, but they also do a lot for you. In many cases you don’t even know all they do. But, it can be a lot. After that, thank family and friends. They’ll feel good and so will you.
Happy Thanksgiving from The Popular Teen. May it be joyful and may you be more popular.