It’s only natural that at this time of year we focus on all of the reasons we are grateful. That is what Thanksgiving is all about. Many of us will have the pleasure of spending time with family members and friends to enjoy a bountiful meal and exchange stories, savor memories and laugh. But we have the ability to be grateful each and every day!

“Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of your life. Appreciate and never take for granted all that you have.”Catherine Pulsifer

Research shows that having an “attitude of gratitude” has many benefits, including improved physical and mental health as well as more restful sleep. Read the full article here.

Family and friends are like the flowers (and sometimes weeds) in the garden that is our life, but what about the actual flowers, plants and trees? Those provide us with many reasons to smile and give thanks as well.  In every season we are surrounded by natural beauty of some kind: vivid colors and distinct fragrances that trigger a joyful response.

As we approach the winter season, think back with delight on all of the beauty that filled your garden this past fall, summer and spring. Remember the walks you took through area parks or on trails in the forest. Take time to savor those memories and be grateful.  You will feel good and you will surely affect others with your “attitude of gratitude” because gratitude grows from the heart.