If we utilize Thanksgiving day correctly, we might just find a few lessons hidden behind the big meal at the large dinner table.
Some time ago, Robert Emmons, a professor at the University of California, Davis,
showed through a set of experiments that if you wish to "sleep better, feel better, and motivate yourself" to take better care of your health, regular "Thanksgiving" sessions work wonders.
Once a month, once a week, once a day.
Right now we (in the US) celebrate Thanksgiving once a year and truthfully it can be stressful more than thankful for some people.
But what if we had a Day of Thanks once a month? [Because taking time out to be thankful for the numerous bounties around us would just be IMPRACTICAL once a day right? Let's take a walk to any cancer ward at a nearby hospital to answer this question...]
Anna Quindlen writes a wonderful piece in Newsweek (second to last page in the issue dated November 26th, 2007) entitled "Blessed is the Full Plate,"
in which she eloquently argues that we as a nation should be focusing on collective generosity and doing more for the (less fortunate) fellow human being, irrespective of race and creed.
And what if we defined "Thanksgiving Day" to mean spending an entire day (or a large portion of it) with people that really mean the most in our lives, resting and playing and being mostly free from worries of the everyday?
Enjoy your Turkey and comment on this post please...
Adam from CLC
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