Giving Thanks, Thanksgiving, and Your Health, Wellness, and Wellbeing

Gratitude matters to everything more than this holiday alone.

Murray "MJ" Blehart
4 min readNov 23, 2023

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Giving Thanks, Thanksgiving, and Your Health, Wellness, and Wellbeing
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Today we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. I’d like, however, to ignore both the moral issues of the Colonists and their treatment of the Native Americans, as well as the modern-day commercialization of the holidays overall, and focus on the words and the intent. Thanks. Giving. Giving Thanks. Gratitude

I have said that THANK YOU are the two most powerful words in the English language after I AM. While the specifics of this particular day may not be to everyone’s satisfaction, I think the concept is something we can get behind. Gratitude matters.

Life is imperfect. We all have people with whom we do not get along, we all have issues and things that cause us displeasure and worse. The point is that we’re better off not allowing ourselves to get so focused on all the negative. Thanks giving is about creating gratitude, and gratitude is a conduit of contentment, building better, improved health, wellness, and wellbeing, and of course positivity.

Be mindful of what you can control

We are watching the atrocious political landscape of the nation deteriorate and we are inundated with endless negative news. There are issues with economies, mass shootings, terrorist organizations, civil rights violations, pandemics, and other scary things. To counter this, we must actively, consciously choose to change our focus and instead look at what we have. What do we have to be thankful for?

There is always something you can express gratitude for. It may be as simple as being here, awake, alive, and breathing. It might be your family, your friends, your job. This might be tangible things you own or travels you undertake. It might be something tremendous and impressive or it might be something small and only meaningful to you, material or immaterial. Whatever you have, give thanks for it. Giving thanks and gratitude isn’t a once-a-year idea. Realistically, it’s a daily action.

I’m not saying to ignore awful things out there. We must be aware of them if we are going to change them. Do we need to let them be dominant in our lives? No. Must all…

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Murray "MJ" Blehart

I explore mindfulness, positivity, philosophy, & conscious reality creation. I love to help & inspire. And I also write sci-fi/fantasy. http://www.mjblehart.com