26 Nov

1676851585_f9772af748_oHere’s an interesting story that happened Thanksgiving weekend a few years ago.

When my son was in high school he and a few of his friends were going to be the first in line at a big box electronics store in town. So Thanksgiving evening they drove one of their pickup trucks into the parking lot and were going to wait outside in line for the Black Friday Opening. Of course, they were the first ones there and no one was waiting on the sidewalk in sleeping bags or in tents or whatever people do.

So instead of waiting out in the cold, they decided to bundle down in the canopy of the pickup and wait for a few hours and then get up and go outside. No sense in waiting out in the cold.

It was a late evening of laughing, telling jokes, and waiting anxiously for the doors of the store to open and be the first ones to get the deals.

It was about nine o’clock in the morning when they awoke. The parking lot was full of cars and there was no line. Everybody who paid the price by waiting out in the cold on a hard sidewalk were inside the warm store getting deals.

They must have been thankful for a warmer night inside the truck canopy than outside in the cold. I was there once again, to offer my advice about paying the price, and about being thankful they were safe and did not getting into any kind of trouble staying in the parking lot all night.

He is married now and has a child. I am thankful him and his family (and the rest of my family).

What are you thankful for?

Being thankful affects your health.  People who are thankful are healthier.  People who are thankful experience:

1.       Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease

2.       Stronger immune system

3.       More alert and more energy

4.       Less physical pain

5.       Longer, more restful sleep

6.       Healthier relationships with others

7.       Better physical fitness

8.       Less sadness and depression

Here are some ways that you can cultivate your thankfulness regularly:

1. Keep a daily journal of at least one thing you are thankful for. This works well first thing in the morning, or just before you go to bed. I have journaled on and off for years. I started back up again just a month ago and one of the things I list is what I am thankful for. Try this. You won’t believe how it lifts your spirits.

2.  Make it a practice to tell someone that you appreciate them. There must be someone that you can find something about them to be thankful for.

3. Look in the mirror when you are brushing your teeth and think about something you have done well recently or something you like about yourself. You certainly are unique. What do you find thankful about yourself (if nothing else, how about: “I’m glad I’m not like that other guy.”)

Thanksgiving is a great time of the year. When people don’t think it is or are stressed around this time they may not have noticed what they are thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!