Thanksgiving, like many other traditional celebrations, is a time to think about what we are grateful for. But you don't have to wait for a special day to spend a few minutes focusing on what you feel thankful for. Read more about gratitude and tell us what you think in the comments below. Thanks!
Were you taught to always say 'please' and 'thank you' when you were little? In many cultures, that's the polite thing to do.
But there's a big difference between simply saying 'thank you' and really feeling thankful.
What is gratitude?
Feeling thankful, or grateful, is called 'gratitude'. It's a positive feeling that comes from focusing on the good things in our lives. When we're grateful, we might feel warm, happy, lucky, calm, generous or full of love.
Gratitude can come naturally and with no planning. But research also shows that we can practise and develop our feelings of gratitude. This means making an effort to think about the things we have and feel lucky for.
We could be grateful for friends, family or other loved ones, nature, animals, food, a home or life in general.
The benefits of gratitude
Life is often hard. And when things are tough, it's easy to feel as if nothing ever goes right. But practising gratitude regularly helps us balance negative emotions with positive ones.
Research shows that practising gratitude helps us feel happier and build better social relationships.
What do you think?
Take a moment to think about these questions.
- Who is one person you're glad to have in your life and why?
- What enjoyable activity or moment have you experienced recently?
- What skill or personal quality do you feel grateful to have?
- Who or what has made you laugh or smile recently?
- What's one thing that you really appreciate about your home?
Now choose one thing that you are grateful for and tell us about it in the comments below. If it's an object, you can also share a picture of it. Remember to comment on other people's comments and pictures too!
* Pictures must be yours and must not include people who can be identified.
If you want to practise speaking, you can record your response using SpeakPipe voice recorder and post a link to the recording in your comment.
* Recordings are kept on SpeakPipe server for three months. Please don't include any music in your recording.