With Thanksgiving approaching, it is a natural time of year to give thanks. To sit back and recap all that we’re thankful for. But why just on Thanksgiving? Shouldn’t we be thankful all year around? The answer is yes, but how do we do this?
Learning to be thankful year round takes practice and deliberate action.
If you’re looking for a place to start pick up a copy of 10% Happier by Dan Harris. Aside from an entertaining read, this is one of the few books that I’ve read that has had a profound impact on my day-to-day life.
Prior to this read, I assumed meditation was only for Buddhist monks. Boy was I wrong. The science supporting the health benefits of meditation continues to grow and over the past few years many companies have started to include meditation training for their employees as part of their culture.
Think of meditation as a training exercise for the brain. It trains your brain to be more aware and focused on the present moment. This might not sound like a big deal, but it can make a world of difference. Think about how much of your day you spend either reflecting on the past or projecting into the future. When was the last time you sat down for a few minutes and thought about nothing? And I mean thought about absolutely nothing.
One of the greatest benefits of meditation is it trains your mind to be in the present moment. It creates an on-going sense of appreciation for the world around you, training your brain to be thankful, or “mindful” all the time, rather than just on the appropriate holidays. With a greater sense of calm in the mind, you begin to truly appreciate the world around you — all of the time.
If you don’t like reading but want to take meditation for a spin, check out the app Headspace. I’ve used it for about year now and it’s a great place to start for beginners. Have a great Thanksgiving!
Until next time,