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It is very easy to go through life and forget what’s truly important forgetting the moments and people that have shaped us and inspired us along the way. To go through life forgetting that we live in a place where we are free and have the freedom to speak and write how we choose. It’s easy to forget to live in the moments and remember the moments and to truly be grateful and thankful.
The question, “What Am I Thankful For” was asked to my hubs at a public speaking workshop he attended for work a few months ago. He had to answer the question in his speech in 60 seconds. After the workshop, he asked if he could guest post on Thank You Honey. He had never expressed an interest or asked to post anything before. I was instantly completely interested. Asking all kinds of questions, what kind of post, was it a humorous story, or what.
Later that day, he emailed me his post and I was inspired by what I read. I didn’t post it right away because we were in the midst of moving (Swing by and check out his post that inspired me tomorrow). I held onto it and over the months something resonated with me and inspired me to do some research on being thankful and gratitude.
Studies have found that people who feel thankful have many health benefits according to a study done by Emmons & Aspinwall. The study by, Robert Emmons, from the University of California at Davis, found that those who adopt an “attitude of gratitude” as a permanent state of mind experience many health benefits. Lisa Aspinwall, from the University of Utah, study suggests that grateful people may be more likely to:
- take better care of themselves physically and mentally
- engage in more protective health behaviors and maintenance
- get more regular exercise
- eat a healthier diet
- have improved mental alertness
- schedule regular physical examinations with their doctor
- cope better with stress and daily challenges
- feel happier and more optimistic
- avoid problematic physical symptoms
- have stronger immune systems
- maintain a brighter view of the future
I was inspired to ask the question to myself and Little Dude (swing by this weekend to see his response). I was inspired to keep asking the question and keep listening to the answers.
I asked myself, What Am I Thankful For…
I’m thankful for my life and the life I’m able to live. To live in a country where I can write and live free.
I’m thankful for all the moments in my life that have shaped me and inspired me to be who I am today.
I’m thankful for my health, my family, my friends, my dogs and everyone who has come in and out of my life. I’m thankful to feel love and give love.
I’m thankful for all the little and big moments and experiences in my life.
I’m thankful my parents were able to give me opportunities as a child and a college education. I’m thankful I was able to see the sense of prided shine across their faces as I receive my diploma at graduation. I’m thankful for that my parents can be a part of Little Dude’s life and I’m thankful for our relationship.
I’m thankful I found my best friend and the love of my life, and that I am able to wake up and see his smile, feel his love, and show him love every day. I’m thankful for the opportunities he provides for our family and the consistent support for all my adventures & wild ideas.
I’m thankful for the first moment I held my son and looked in his eyes. I’m thankful he made me a mother and us a family. I’m thankful every day for him and all the joy he brings to my life and our families.
I’m thankful for my career as a writer, my readers, and the different opportunities that come through my inbox.
I’m thankful I can openly ask this question and I’m thankful I can listen to the response.
I want to hear it. I want you to ask yourself this question: What Am I Thankful For.
I want you to improve your health and feel all the benefits of practicing an attitude of thankful and grateful.
What am I thankful for? Unscripted, on the spot, and only 60 seconds to say. Raw emotional and powerful.
Now I’m asking you to ask yourself the question. What am I thankful for?
Please join in by answering this question and asking your family.
Write it, video it, show a picture. PLEASE use the hashtag #WhatAmIThankfulFor