Thanksgiving is a special time of year.
Ahhh! With it’s entrance comes the reminder of just how special life is, and likewise the realization of just how fast life may escape us if we fail to enjoy each and every moment of it.
Yes, in just a little over a month, we will be waving goodbye to another year, while welcoming in the new with beautiful Christmas lights still adorning our homes, kettles of tea whistling on our stoves, warm fleece blankets draping our sofas, and wishes of prosperity and happiness echoing through the cool crisp air. Indeed, the holidays are majestic.
Today, I will certainly not deny how special my Thanksgiving was. Family, laughter, music, and seriously one of THE BEST holiday dinners on planet earth!
I took a quick snapshot of our plate so you could drool too … Our menu included a homemade dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, egg-free, and mostly soy-free feast of:
- Three Cheese Baked Macaroni with Smoked Gouda, Mozzarella, & Parmesan
- Traditional Cornbread Stuffing with Parsley & Dried Cranberries
- Honey Baked “Ham” with Gravy
- Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots
- Blueberry Maple Cranberry Sauce
- Fuji Apple Pecan Spinach Salad with Apple Cider Poppy Seed Dressing
Sounds great huh? It was. Thanks to my wonderfully awesome chef/husband Otavio (virtual kisses his way).
Nevertheless, the post today isn’t about the recipes for what we made, or even the fact that we made anything at all. But rather it is about the fact that today is about thankfulness.
The real meaning of thanksgiving is love – appreciating those around you, being in the moment, and celebrating every part of life that adds meaning and purpose to yours.
I guess, to put it as clear as possible, the reason why Thanksgiving is actually healthy for you has little to do with the food on your plate (although that should be healthy too), but has everything to do with our physical, psychological, and spiritual wellbeing. It’s scientifically linked as well!
Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, the head of the division of biologic psychology at Duke University Medical Center put it this way, “If [thankfulness] were a drug, it would be the world’s best-selling product with a health maintenance indication for every major organ system.”
In fact, “Studies have shown measurable effects on multiple body and brain systems, said Doraiswamy. Those include mood neurotransmitters (serotonin, norepinephrine), reproductive hormones (testosterone), social bonding hormones (oxytocin), cognitive and pleasure related neurotransmitters (dopamine), inflammatory and immune systems (cytokines), stress hormones (cortisol), cardiac and EEG rhythms, blood pressure, and blood sugar” (Thankfulness Linked to Positive Changes in Brain and Body).
Want to improve your mood, immune system, stress levels, heart health, relationships, and ultimately, your life?
Try thankfulness; true gratitude each day.
After all, each days you should count your blessings and train your brain to find the positive side of life.
And, as stated best by Amy Morin, LCSW in the article 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Gratitude That Will Motivate You To Give Thanks Year-Round, “We all have the ability and opportunity to cultivate gratitude. Simply take a few moments to focus on all that you have – rather than complain about all the things you think you deserve. Developing an “attitude of gratitude” is one of the simplest ways to improve your satisfaction with life.“
Give thanks. Practice gratitude.
Peace and Love,