Today, both psychologists and sociologists have shown that people with high levels of gratitude sleep better, handle transitions more effectively, and are more resilient in stressful situations. This is not a new idea. Even as far back as 54 B.C. Cicero the philosopher and statesman said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”
With Thanksgiving just a couple days away, many of us are focusing on gratitude, even when we are facing challenging situations or difficult people. I can easily access gratitude by thinking of my children, and just like that, a grin spreads across my face. I look at a picture of my granddaughter in dance class and my heart fills with joy. I think of my daughter’s dog, Frankie, and I start laughing. I think of my godson Sam, and love spills over. I think of countless friends, and I am entirely grateful that they’re in my life.