Dr Bret Wilson

Thanksgiving and Your Health

Thanksgiving and Your Health

Dr Bret WilsonThe practice of gratitude for the everyday blessings opens our hearts and minds to attract greater health and happiness.  Appreciate the little things that sustain our daily lives and maintain our health.   Be aware of the benefits of rest, nourishment, support of family and friends.

“For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Appreciate People

Expression of appreciation between two people benefits both parties. Be mindful of the kindness of others and recognize them for it.   Be willing to receive thanks from others by accepting it graciously.  The practice helps you to see how connected we are to those around us and how much a difference these small courtesies can make in our relationships.

Recognize Blessings

Recognition of the blessings in our lives often takes some perspective.  Remind yourself not to be too fast to judge whether an event or circumstance is good or bad.  Cultivate an attitude of faith and gratitude that there is a benefit to all situations, given time for interpretation and perspective.  If we are too fast to judge a situation as a curse, we will miss the blessing that resulted from the same event.

This principle is evidence in the good news bad news stories.  My grandsons and I enjoy a story telling game in which each event in the story is alternately followed by the expression “oh that’s good” or “oh that’s bad”.   The fun involves changing the perspective from one side of the gratitude coin to the other.  An attitude of gratitude helps you to see the good more often.

Grateful Choices

An attitude of thanksgiving helps us make better choices. A greater focus on the things that are going right can reduce our fears and make positive choices about changes we can make for the better. Try to be thankful for the improvement made so far, this changes your perspective and opens your heart and mind to better opportunities.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”?– Oprah Winfrey

I remind you to enter the season with a thankful mind and heart.  A spirit of thanksgiving, appreciation and gratitude is an important aspect of your mental and physical health and wellbeing.

Yours in health,

Dr. Bret Wilson