The Power of Gratitude: Taking a Closer Look at What We’re Thankful for this Thanksgiving

Being Grateful this Thanksgiving

While the sights and smells of Thanksgiving conjure up fond memories of family gatherings, turkey and homemade pies and watching movies on TV, it’s important to remember what the true meaning behind Thanksgiving is: to celebrate gratitude.

The Universal and Timeless Value of Gratitude

In the words of American writer Melody Beattie, “Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity … it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

It doesn’t end here.

According to experts at Forbes, various studies have shown that there are seven proven benefits of feeling and expressing gratitude.

  1. It improves physical health:
    • Grateful people exercise more often (than their counterparts) and make regular trips to the doctor’s office, thereby, showing signs of better overall health.
  2. It enhances empathy and reduces aggression:
    • Grateful people exhibit empathy and concern for the welfare of others.
  3. It opens the door to more relationships:
    • Demonstrating and expressing thankfulness have positive effects on new connections and can foster healthy and strong relationships.
  4. It improves psychological health:
    • Gratitude increases the likelihood of experiencing feelings of happiness by overriding feelings of frustration and resentment.
  5. It increases mental strength:
    • Gratitude can help individuals get through challenging times with a positive mindset.
  6. It improves self-esteem:
    • Grateful people tend to celebrate the achievements of others don’t fall into the trap of comparing oneself with others. In the end, this channels stronger feelings of self-worth.
  7. It helps people sleep better:
    • Writing in a gratitude journal before bed (a common habit of grateful people) can lead to a better night’s sleep.

Building Your Gratitude Bank by Sharing Perceptions with Near and Dear Ones

In this day and age, our on-the-go lifestyles and juggling priorities don’t always lend themselves to quiet time or reflection, which are essential to becoming more grateful. As proponents of learning through observation and experience (even if that of others), we asked our teammates what they are most grateful for this Thanksgiving and the results were insightful.

Here are some interesting responses we thought we would share:

  • Great colleagues, friends and family:
    • I’m grateful for having:
      • “Coworkers who rarely say “no” and who are always willing to lend a hand to complete projects.”
      • “The opportunity to work with truly dedicated and creative people.”
      • “Family, fur babies and friends.”
      • “That I have supportive, loving and genuinely good friends and family.”
      • “Family and my dog.”
  • Basic human rights and basic needs:
    • I’m grateful for:
      • “Living in a country where I feel safe and free (especially as a woman).”
      • “My freedom.”
      • “My health. I’m so lucky to not have to be in a hospital right now and to be / feel healthy enough to function day by day with grace and ease.”
      • “Having a roof over my head.”
      • “Living in the era of hot water, central heating, and waterproof boots and coats.”
  • Secure employment:
    • I’m grateful for having:
      • “This job. It’s been so nice to get to work from home and also we are so lucky to get to be working in our field and not having to worry about find a new job during this difficult time.”
  • Access to technology:
    • I’m grateful for having:
      • “Wi-Fi because without it I wouldn’t have been able to keep in touch with my family & friends.”
  • A good life:
    • I’m grateful for:
      • “Being able to laugh and joke, despite these anxious times.”

A Small Request from Us

If there’s one thing we hope you take from this blog, it’s this: if you take the time to self-reflect, you should be able to find something to be thankful for.

We thank you for taking the time to take in our insights and look forward to sharing more in years to come.

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About Farhana Ahmad

Farhana Ahmad is a Content Marketing Manager at Intelex Technologies. With over 15 years of experience in key industries, she is a customer-focused professional specializing in delivering best-in-class Marketing and Content strategies and programs. Her degree in Environmental Science complements her marketing know-how, allowing her to incorporate her academic knowledge to the real-world applicability of the EHSQ space in general and Intelex in particular.

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