What We Give Thanks for and Why

It’s that time of year again…when the kitchen is filled with the delicious aromas of roasting turkey, baking pies and simmering Stove Top dressing. But as much as the bustle in the kitchen means it’s nearly time to stuff ourselves to the point of discomfort, it’s also time to pause and reflect on the reason for the feasting and the family gathering.

Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving as a national holiday may have started as a commemoration of the first feast that shared by the Pilgrims and Native Americans, but it’s more than just a historical marker. Thanksgiving is the one day on the calendar that clears the time to think about everything in life for which you are thankful—the big stuff, like:

  • Family
  • Friends and friendly coworkers
  • Good people in the world (the unsung superheroes)
  • Work…and bosses who take care of their employees
  • Health

…and the little stuff, too, like:

  • Dogs
  • Coffee (specifically Pike’s Place Roast and Salted Carmel Lattes)
  • Sunsets
  • Creative outlets and crafts
  • Football

BTW: this list is real…these are the little things the SonicSEO.com team are thankful for.

Why We Give Thanks (and Good Reasons You Might Want to, Too)

Have you noticed that when you pause and think of the little or big things for which you are thankful, it feels like your heart gets bigger…or you feel a little warmer? Those warm-fuzzies are a real physiological response to gratitude. Seriously! Giving thanks is good for your health!

Research* shows that a regular practice of gratitude:

  • Improves physical health in the form of fewer aches and pains and the stick-to-it-iveness needed to exercise regularly and make and keep routine medical appointments
  • Improves your sleep
  • Increases self-esteem
  • Increases mental toughness and resilience
  • Increases happiness
  • Reduces depression

An attitude of gratitude helps you form and maintain healthy relationships with others and yourself that keeps you feeling content, even when times get hard.

So, what are you thankful for? We’d love to hear from our extended SEO family. Leave your comments below or use the hashtag #ThanksSonicSEO to share your list on Facebook and Twitter.

* Morin, Amy. (2014) 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude that Will Motivate You to Give Thanks Year-Round. Forbes. http://bit.ly/2zvMa2J