5 Reasons Why Thanksgiving Is a Blessing

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Happy Thanksgiving Greeting Card

When you count your blessings, make sure you count in Thanksgiving too! It’s not only a wonderful day but a fantabulous concept.

Though Thanksgiving is a beautiful Christian event, you’ll find a day to give thanks in almost all cultures, societies, and religions.

Why is that? What is so special about giving thanks?

It is obvious that human beings all around the world, irrespective of their sex, caste, color, and creed know about the power of being thankful.

Quoting directly from a Harvard Medical School mental health letter, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness.

Gratitude helps people feel positive emotions, enjoy good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

Aren’t these wonderful blessings? Thanks to thanksgiving, you can have it all!

Being thankful is nothing but being grateful. It is the power of gratitude that makes thanksgiving so special.

Thanksgiving was founded as a religious observance for all the members of the community to give thanks to God for a common purpose.

In this post, I’m going to analyze and discuss the benefits of thanksgiving from a general, comprehensive, and non-religious perspective.

“If [thankfulness] were a drug, it would be the world’s best-selling product with a health maintenance indication for every major organ system,” ~ Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, Duke University Medical Center

Family at Thanksgiving Dinner

The Wonderful Thanksgiving Blessings

I consider thanksgiving as an act or event of gratitude that may be expressed to God or towards people, things, and events.

In fact, I believe in giving thanks every time to everybody, everything, and every event. I’m so grateful to life in general, and you too!

If you read an earlier post on this blog titled “Why We Need to Express Gratitude”, you’ll know that gratitude is an inner benevolent feeling that makes us beautiful.

Honestly, your positive thoughts and kind feelings help spread love and peace. Thus, it makes you more attractive and charming.

Not only this, the power of gratitude also makes you happy, healthy, and healed.

I strongly believe that thanksgiving has medicinal benefits. And to far extent, it is a self-healing magical potion too.

We know that prayer, meditation, and thanksgiving are blessings. I’m mentioning here some logical and scientific reasons as to why thanksgiving is a blessing.

Blessing 1: Being thankful helps you to be stress-free and happy

Stress produces the hormone cortisol and various other toxins.

Expression of gratitude or appreciation counters these chemicals with neurotransmitters like norepinephrine as well as serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, and other hormones.

In short, when you are being thankful, your brain is rewarded with the feel-good and love hormones. These brain chemicals make you relaxed and happy.

Thus, thanksgiving acts as a coping mechanism to deal with the stress in your life and helps heal your mind, heart, and body.

You can even get over your chronic stress if you practice thankfulness every day and all the time. It simply brings happiness into your life.

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Blessing 2: Feeling good increases your immunity

Your body’s immunity is affected by the state of your mind and heart. In fact, when you feel good, apart from the other helpful hormones, your body and brain also produces IgA (Immunoglobulin A).

IgA is an immune antibody that plays a critical role in mucosal immunity and helps strengthen the body’s natural defenses. In fact, it serves as the first line of defense against pathogens.

It prevents you from contracting infections like common cold and also saves you from the risks of serious diseases like cancer.

No wonder thanksgiving is called a self-healing medicine. 🙂

Blessing 3: Gratitude helps lower blood pressure

There has been a study that relates gratitude and lowering of the blood pressure levels. Gratitude helps you calm down, soothe your nerves, and stabilize your body’s rhythm.

According to research at the Institute of HeartMath (IHM), true feelings of gratitude, appreciation, and other positive emotions can synchronize your brain and heart rhythms.

These also create an optimal state of coherence, such that the body’s systems function more efficiently, generates a greater balance of emotions, and there is increased mental clarity and brain function.

But remember, if you’re taking medicines prescribed for your blood pressure problems, keep taking them as per the guidance of your doctor.

That being said, there is no harm practicing thanksgiving alongside.

Blessing 4: Being grateful improves relationships

According to Harvard Medical School, a study of couples found that individuals who took time to express gratitude for their partner, not only felt more positive toward the other person, but also felt more comfortable expressing concerns about their relationship.

Gratitude comes bundled with love, compassion, and kindness. You can improve your relationships with kindness. Read this post to know exactly how to do that.

Forgiveness and letting go too are ways to be grateful in life. Doing that, you can even save your marriage and rekindle love in your relationships.

Remember, if you are happy with yourself, you are most likely to have good relationships with others. You can be happy if you’re content, at peace with yourself, and love yourself.

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Blessing 5: Thanksgiving helps you age gracefully

A post on the benefits of gratitude lists that there are favorable changes in the body’s biochemistry as a result of continued practice of thanksgiving.

It includes improved hormonal balance and an increase in the production of DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone), the “anti-aging” steroid hormone.

Scientists have come up with emotional self-management techniques to increase positive emotions and DHEA level over a one-month period.

So, you can age gracefully and live long to happily enjoy your life on Earth.

Overall, gratitude or thankfulness makes you an optimist and fills you up with positivity. This strong positive emotional charge helps you reduce stress and improve your overall health and well-being.

“Grateful people take better care of themselves and engage in more protective health behaviors like regular exercise, a healthy diet, regular physical examinations” Prof. Robert Emmons, University of California Davis.

If you want to know more details about the health benefits of thanksgiving or acts of gratitude, then read this WebMD article that says, if you want to get healthier, give thanks!

The most common, easiest, and best ways to cultivate gratitude are by writing thank-you notes, thanking someone mentally, keeping a gratitude journal, counting your blessings, praying, and of course meditating.

Now that you know the ways of thanksgiving and the scientific reasons as to why they are a blessing, I’m sure you can bless your own life by implementing them and you don’t need a scientist for that!

But I can’t end this post without mentioning this caveat – material goods may or may not bring you lasting happiness. It is always best to be content with and appreciate what you have, instead of focusing on what you lack.

Learn to be grateful every single day and this Thanksgiving is certainly the best time to start this new practice. 🙂

Thanking Thanksgiving with a Thank You card in hand

Thanksgiving blessings to you all!

Over To You:

Do you think thanksgiving is a blessing? How do you intend to practice gratitude and make it a part of your life? What are your Thanksgiving blessings?

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  1. Carolyn Nicander Mohr

    November 25, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Hi Vinay,

    Yes, Thanksgiving is certainly a wonderful holiday when we can all take time to be grateful for the many blessings we have received throughout the past year. I really like how you point out the benefits of Thanksgiving and being grateful. They really can have both physical and psychological benefits.

    Unfortunately in the US, the stores have interjected themselves into Thanksgiving by opening on that day. I’m hoping that people refrain from shopping for one day so stores will realize that it doesn’t pay to be open that day and their workers can enjoy their times with their families.

    I hope your family enjoys your time on Thursday and that you have your own Thanksgiving, Vinay!

    • Vinay Kachhara

      November 25, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Hi Carolyn,

      I can imagine it must be a great time in the US with 5 days of family get together, fun, or outings. Must be a great holiday time next to Christmas holidays. And I certainly agree with you on keeping the Thanksgiving Day as the ONE day off when everybody can be with their families and spend some good family time together.

      I think it’s a good idea that people should take the initiative themselves and make the markets follow their choice – make the Thanksgiving Day as a “No Shopping Day”! Of course, even the online stores need to remain closed on that day else the physical stores would burn out of competition. This makes it a complex affair.

      But we still need to be grateful for all the blessings that we were fortunate enough to receive and just be happy with what we have. Even though we don’t have a ceremony or family get together on the Thanksgiving Day at our end, but I surely intend to make it a symbolic day for being grateful and giving thanks in the family.

      Harleena and I wish you and your family to have the best of time together!

      Happy Thanksgiving and thanks so much for sharing your thoughts here. 🙂

    • Vinay Kachhara

      November 26, 2014 at 11:39 am

      Carolyn,just wanted to update my previous comment. I was checking out the GoDaddy Store and saw this info on the site – “Holiday Shipping Schedule:
      Our warehouse will be closed November 27th and 28th for Thanksgiving.” Now that’s what we were talking about.

  2. Amandah

    November 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Nice post on Thanksgiving! It is a blessing. 🙂 Although, as mentioned, we can be thankful every day, not just one day out of the year.

    Every day I say, “Thank You.” I say Thank You for my health, my body, mind and soul; family, talents, the good and not-so-good times, and much more.

    My Thanksgiving Blessings are:

    Family
    Friends
    Mother Earth
    Animals
    Nature
    Aha! NOW
    Books
    Films
    Music
    Art
    Design
    Travel
    My talents and education
    and Much More!

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Every Day!

    • Vinay Kachhara

      November 25, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      Hi Amandah,

      Oh yes, we need to do as you suggest – make every day of your life a thanksgiving day. This is all what the post is about to practice thanksgiving everyday and make it a part of your lifestyle.

      Scientists too have backed the importance of living a life of gratitude and that brings you most happiness in life – its been tested and proven!

      I admire what you do and it is certainly a wonderful practice and habit to be thankful. And it is very logical too, to be thankful to your past howsoever it had been, take lessons, strength and direction from it to move ahead towards a meaningful life.

      I’m what I’m because of all people, things, and events that directly or indirectly contributed to the process, and I’m thankful to all. I really like that you also included the “good and not-so-good times” too. It is so important to develop a positive attitude and feeling towards the not-so-good times too and not let that become a negative obstacle or barrier to your personal progress and development.

      It’s good to know about all that you are grateful to and all that you consider as blessings. I see that you also included Aha!NOW in your list and we’re so honored by that! Thank you, Amandah.

      May you have a blessed life, a Happy Thanksgiving Day, and an enlightened future. Thanks for visiting and sharing your so beautiful thoughts. 🙂

  3. rohan bhardwaj

    November 25, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Hi Vinay,

    Nice article. Thanksgiving is an amazing occasion. Thanking for everything in life is necessary sometimes for all the good reasons elaborated by you.

    We as bloggers need to thank our visitors, fellow bloggers and followers and so on.

    In life when we start losing our humbleness, then we start losing our relationship too.

    Hi Harleena,

    You are amazing.

    Take care. 🙂

    • Vinay Kachhara

      November 25, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      Hi Rohan,

      As I mentioned in the post, almost every culture and religion lays the importance on gratitude and thanksgiving, and even have special days to celebrate it. I enlisted the logical and scientific benefits to make people aware that gratitude and expression of gratefulness is not just a silly emotional practice but a scientific one that everybody needs to get serious about.

      Of course, who else knows it better than the bloggers. I think the blogging community might be one of the most grateful and thankful communities. Whether they do it for their personal benefit or they do it without any ulterior motives, it is good to express gratitude and give credit where it is due.

      I guess humility is the foundation of humanity. Once you lose it, your lose your substance and everything that depends on it. Relationships need to be nurtured with love and gratitude, else, as you mention, we may lose them.

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your wonderful thoughts and Harleena thanks you for your kind words. Have a great weekend ahead!

  4. Rohan Chaubey

    November 25, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Hi Vinay sir,

    Nice to see a generalized post on Thanksgiving. This post surely inspires and urges the reader to be grateful for everything in life. Seems like you have done a detailed research on the topic. Especially with those hard-to-pronounce hormone names. I am so amazed to know about the role of those hormones in the human body.

    By being grateful we do feel good. I never miss any opportunity to thank the people who are responsible for my growth and development. I never knew than being grateful has so many benefits. That means the people who are missing the opportunity to be thankful are missing the fruits of thankfulness.

    Being thankful surely improves relationship. It can be considered as a pillar supporting friendship. And there is always something to be grateful for in relationships. I am a big fan of Aesop’s quotes as you would have seen me posting his quotes every now and then. One of his quotes say: “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” That is so true!

    Yeah, thanksgiving is indeed a blessing. This was a great post. I won’t miss the chance to share it with friends.

    Wishing you warm and heartfelt blessings this holiday season. 🙂
    Regards,
    Rohan Chaubey.

    • Vinay Kachhara

      November 25, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      Hi Rohan,

      Yes, you can call it a generalized post for all people around the world. Gratitude is a universal medicine and there’s no patent for it – it’s free and abundant!

      In reality, we’re driven by these chemicals or hormones. We need to understand their nature and role, control and leverage them to achieve happiness in life. Like psychosomatic aspects, you can induce changes in hormones to bring psychological changes within you, or change your mental state to bring a corresponding change in the hormonal balance of the body. The human mind-brain-body are so interdependent.

      It’s good to know that you practice thankfulness. Of course, you can keep on living without being grateful and you may find many people who live that kind of life, but then in the end, the ones who practice gratitude and more happy and peaceful.

      You’re absolutely right that thankfulness or gratitude is one of the most important elements in any kind of relationship. I can’t agree more with your quote of Aesop. It’s not always so easy to be grateful and that’s more make it more fun and special!

      Thanks for visiting and appreciating this post. Thanks for sharing it with your friends and wish you too a great weekend.

  5. Reginald Chan

    November 25, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Hey Vinay,

    Thanks Giving is definitely a great time to celebrate with family. I don’t think anyone can go wrong with it.

    Sending a lovely Thanks Giving wishes from Asia directly to you, Harleena and all the readers here!

    • Vinay Kachhara

      November 25, 2014 at 11:00 pm

      Hi Reginald,

      Well it is so, this time in the US. Canada had its Thanksgiving a couple of weeks back. But it certainly is a great occasion for families who get a reason to get together and relish good times.

      Thanks for your visit, wishes, and your thoughts. Do have a great weekend ahead!

  6. Ravi Chahar

    November 25, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Hi Vinay,

    I was not aware about any of the biological benefit you have mentioned above. I mean Thanksgiving is an amazing thing to do. We have many people in our life who do many good things for us. Its good to say thanks to them for their presence in our life. Getting blessings from our loved once is really great. Reducing stress is one of the most effective benefit.
    Its good to know about this day. As you know in our country most of people don’t even know about such kind of day. I wish they should know about it.
    Thanks for letting us all know.
    Hope you are having a great time.
    ~Ravi

  7. Mohit

    November 25, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    I also like the Thanksgiving day..It makes families and friends come together.This is a superb post Vinay. I hope that you’ll keep writing posts about different events and occasions.

  8. Balroop Singh

    November 25, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Hi Vinay,

    Thanks for highlighting the importance of Thanksgiving! See how this word ‘THANKS’ is embedded in our vocabulary! We must be saying and writing it thousands of times and we are introduced to it as one of our first words, as we start communicating. So there must be some magical charm associated with it! It is not just one word to show courtesy, it goes much beyond that, which is so clearly illustrated by your post.

    Though Thanksgiving has historical roots here in U.S. I think this tradition must be as old as humanity. Man has always been invoking the sun, the fire and the water to express gratitude. we have eternally been thankful to them for sustaining us and teaching us the profound lessons of life. If we look at Mother Nature, it gives us all we need without even asking for! So the first thanks need to be extended to Nature for blessing us with the warmth, the heat and the love that it has bestowed on us for times immemorial.

    The best part of this tradition is family reunions, which are the need of the era we live in, with our kindred so busy in their own lives, this is one day that makes us forget all the pursuits and look back at those who have been playing a significant role in moulding us.I wish all the community members of Aha-now and all those who are reading this a blessed Thanksgiving and happy reunions with their families.
    Thanks for sharing a wonderful post. Have a nice week!

  9. lisa thomson

    November 25, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    What an uplifting post. Thank you, Vinay!

    I try to be a little bit grateful everyday. In Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving in October but because we are neighbors with the U.S. I can’t help but feel the ‘thanks’ spilling over this week. Happy Thanksgiving to you and the Aha Community 🙂

  10. Chery Schmidt

    November 25, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Hello Vinay! First let me start with the word “fantabulous” I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!! And I am going to be using this from now on HEHE

    As for Thanksgiving YES It is a Fantabulous Concept (See I am using it already) HEHE

    You have certainly shared some important reasons why Thanksgiving is a Blessing here my friend! For me Thanksgiving is all about getting together with family and sharing a feast..

    Thanks for sharing and do have a Fantabulous Thanksgiving with your loved ones. Chery :))

  11. Joy Healey

    November 26, 2014 at 2:57 am

    Hi Vinay

    Well, here in the UK we don’t have Thanksgiving, but it sounds a lovely day from what I’ve heard of it. Perhaps we should have – but then there’s already a rather worrying trend over here for Christmas to have somehow turned into about an eight day break when nothing gets done LOL.

    If we added November in I can see a whole month being written off:-) Perhaps that wouldn’t be a bad thing, as I sit here shivering!

    Anyway, I digress. Yes, lots to be thankful for – probably mostly encompassed by Amandah and others above. Interesting to read the health benefits.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, Joy

  12. Neamat Tawadrous

    November 26, 2014 at 4:17 am

    Hi Vinay,

    What a wonderful post!! Love talking about Thanksgiving which is a blessing in itself!!

    Thanksgiving and gratitude should be an everyday attitude because everyday is a blessing in a way or another as far as we have breath. It is always a blessing to be grateful about what we have and for all those who are in our lives.

    Thanksgiving And Gratitude changes our perspective from what is not working and on to what is working. I am glad you mentioned Blessing #4 which is being grateful improves relationships and that is proven time and time again that being grateful make you focus on the positive of your relationships which make it improve in spite of the shortcomings.

    Thanks Vinay for a great and powerful post on Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving to you and to your family. Enjoy your week ahead.

    BE Blessed,

    Neamat

  13. Swadhin Agrawal

    November 26, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Hello Vinay sir,
    A wonderful post at time apt for it. I really liked the fresh look of the blog. The footer is subtle and royal while the blue above gives a fresh feeling to the visitor.

    Congratulation on the Aha!Store. I wish it to be a huge success.

    Coming to the post, Thanking is something that ought to be practiced every time every minute. Saying thank you only does good and nothing else.

    I never knew saying a thank you has health benefits too but it is obvious our mind stays calm and a cherished mind surely leads to physical bliss.

    When it comes to saying thanks I can’t thank enough to the blogosphere as what I am today is all due to Blogosphere.

    I would like to conclude by saying
    If the only prayer you said in your whole life was “thank you”, that would suffice. – Meister Eckhart

  14. Mi Muba

    November 26, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Hi Vinay

    You are right this event is celebrated all over the world regardless of religious association. Its main reason is almost every religion of the world urges its followers to always be thank in both good and bad times.

    Once a saint asked a common man how he spend his life. He replied if he gets something he thank God and if he doesn’t get something he never complain of not getting. Saint replied this is an animal’s approach. Being human being one should be thankful on getting something and equally thankful on not getting something by remembering the previous blessings he got.

    The benefit #3 in this post is a complete remedy for all the diseases related to nerves and senses. You must have observed that those who truly follow their teachings of their religion usually don’t suffer from them. Actually they follow the main teaching that is to stay thankful in all types of circumstances.

    Thanks a lot for sharing very useful details about the event which all human beings should follow to spend a happier and healthier life.

    Have a great thanksgiving with your loved ones.

  15. Ammar Zeb

    November 26, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Vinay! Thanks for this awesome, amazing and informative post. I enjoyed all reading throughout your post and I got much learning, I think I never got from somewhere else. Its good to see you blogging in this age, you know well.

    Thanks once again and keep writing 🙂

  16. Vernon Layne

    November 26, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Hi Vinay,

    I appreciate this post because I learned more about the benefits of gratitude and thanksgiving. When you said forgiveness and letting go are ways to be grateful I had to pause and meditate on that.

    That statement is so true because our emotional well-being and spiritual wholeness is OUR responsibility.

    Thanksgiving is also an expression of faith. When we’re thankful for how far we have come the future looks bright.

    I always take a mental gratitude journal when I’m feeling down thinking back to when I didn’t have much then come up to the present time. When I do that, I can feel joy come over me realizing my life isn’t as bad as I feel.

    Thanks and have a great Thanksgiving Day!!

  17. Lorraine Reguly

    November 26, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Vinay and Harleena,

    Thanksgiving is a holiday that has already come and gone here in Canada. Ours was celebrated in early October. However, I love this holiday and am blessed to live next to the good old US of A, and so am reminded to give thanks for the many things I’m grateful for.

    I don’t know what your customs are India. Do you have a special day for this?

    Like most people who practice gratitude, I know you likely give thanks daily, but I’d really like to know more about Indian Customs. Perhaps you could enlighten me to some?

    Thank you.

  18. Ikechi Awazie

    November 26, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Hi Vinay

    Thanksgiving is a wonderful event and it a blessing.

    No matter the country, thanksgiving is an event that many people look forward to which is why it is wonderful to see other reasons why thanksgiving is important in our lives.

    I agree with the points that you have raised about Gratitude. It is a medicine to the heart and soul. I was just thinking about shopping and how it affects our mood. Never knew that it was so good. Thanks for an informative and wonderful post.

  19. Robert Connor

    November 27, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Hi Vinay,
    Your right thanksgiving is such a great time of year to be with family and have fun! Thanks for the post and allowing us the opportunity to see a great will give lots of social love. :0

  20. Nathaniel Kidd

    November 28, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Hi Vinay,

    Love your point about gratitude. I agree that when we have a spirit of gratitude it totally seems to transform our our attitude, our mental state, health, and so many other aspects of our life. We feel better about ourselves and therefore that brings so much positivity to us and the ones around us I believe.

    I feel that we always have something to be thankful for. There is always someone that is in a worse position but I know at times when we are going through our tough times we tend to forget to be thankful.

    You have given us some awesome reminders to why we should be thankful and I believe from time to time we do need to be reminded of giving thanks and having a spirit of gratitude, not only on Thanksgiving but throughout the year.

    Thanks for sharing such a thought provoking article.

  21. shreya

    November 28, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Nice one I really liked it. As per me, there should not be any particular day for thanking anyone, whenever we feel like that we have been helped or blessed by someone, we should immediately thank that person from heart….However, the concept and the tips for the thanks giving day is really very nice…

  22. Christy

    November 29, 2014 at 1:26 am

    I agree that it is important for us to reflect on our blessings EVERY day and not just on Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing a wonderful post.

  23. Ahsan

    November 29, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Hello Vinay Kachhara,

    Certainly, Thanksgiving is a wonderful day for Europe & USA. On this particular day, all family members meet together- share gifts, blessings, take dinner together. It is a wonderful feelings for a whole family. But in Asian countries, we usually pass everyday with family. Its a common to share greetings & take lunch together everyday. But as USA people live separate from each other, Thanksgiving day is a red letter day to them.

    You described thanksgiving day in a brief way which will give an idea to everyone. Have a blessed week 🙂

  24. Carol Amato

    November 30, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Hi, Harleena and Vinay,

    What a lovely post, I absolutely agree that we should add in thanksgiving went counting our blessings. It is a wonderful concept! 🙂

    If there are no valleys, the mountaintops would not be so meaningful. Setting a date aside for giving thanks and focusing on our many blessings ensures that we highlight the positive and recognize how very fortunate we are in so many areas of life.

    You are definitely right. Gratitude is very much associated with greater happiness. Acknowledging the good in our life is a great first step. It is a very powerful thing, I couldn’t agree more!

    Your points are well taken, and I agree with every single one. I was not aware that feeling good increases immunity, but I do know that the Bible says laughter is like a medicine, which is a similar principle.

    You know, I have never been one to shop the day after Thanksgiving in stores/malls, which here people call Black Friday, however, I’ve been known to enjoy a good deal or two by shopping online.

    Thank you for this wonderful post, and I hope you have a great rest of the afternoon.

    Talk to you soon,
    – Carol

  25. Nisha Pandey

    November 30, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Hello Vinay sir,

    Lovely topic shared. We should celebrate these wonderful days.

    Thanksgiving is somewhat feel us good. We should thanks to everybody who helped us, motivated and inspired.

    My huge thanks to Harleena mam for inspiring me to enter into this wonderful blogging world. I really enjoying my blogging world.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece. Have a lovely week ahead!

  26. Larry Frank

    November 30, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Hi Vinay,
    I guess I’m a bit late here, all thesame, I still have to say my thoughts 🙂 Thanks giving is a wonderful period when we all take out time to appreciate God for all the goodies he has given to us in the previous time.

    It’s good you’ve shown the benefits of being greatful here on this article, and from what I’ve read so far, I really do think that thanks giving is very essential for all of us.

    Thanks for sharing, and enjoy the weekend.

  27. Philip Verghese Ariel

    December 1, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Hi Vinay,
    Nice to hear from you about a wonderful event especially our western friends celebrates on this particular week. Though the celebration differs in our culture, its a good thing to give thanks to the God Almighty for the wonderful blessings bestowed upon us! this i am sure should do as much as you can irrespective of time. This is what the God Almighty expects from us. A gratitude towards the given is an important things and its benefits are many as you mentioned in this post will be much beneficial, scientifically as well as spiritually and physically!
    And ha this post speaks about its various other benefits too! That is indeed worth noting and informative points! The various scientific benefits too are worth noting while we celebrate or express thanks.
    I like the #1 Being thankful helps you to be stress-free and happy
    Yes, in this stressful world this is an important thing to take care of, if this helps in that side it will be worth following! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Thanks vinay for this timely alert.
    Keep writing
    Best
    ~ Phil

  28. donna merrill

    December 1, 2014 at 4:53 am

    Hi Vinay,

    Yes, Thanksgiving is one holiday where people get together and give thanks. It is a great reminder to live in gratefulness. We get together with family and friends and are thankful that they are still with us. We enjoy each other and sit down to a big family meal. That’s the true meaning.

    But here in the US..it’s become a shopping holiday. Some people seem to forget the true meaning.

    But this day is one great reminder of what we need to do each and every day in our lives. We must live in gratefulness. You have mentioned the physical and psychological benefits we receive when living in this mindset. I totally agree!

    It may be a day to remember, but I do live it every day. It brings peace to my soul.

    Thank you for this beautiful post!

    -Donna

    P.S. I’ll check out Aha’s Black Friday deals of the week!

  29. Victor Ome Umukoro

    December 1, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Happy Thanks Giving To All Lovely Readers Of Aha-Now.Com

  30. Angela McCall

    December 3, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Hi Vinay,

    You said: “Forgiveness and letting go too are ways to be grateful in life. Doing that, you can even save your marriage and rekindle love in your relationships.”

    That is one POWERFUL statement. Just that line there. Thanksgiving should be everyday and not only on Thanksgiving Day. Thanking God for all the blessings He gave us is very good in our mental, emotional, psychic, and spiritual. You said “Forgiveness and letting go too are ways to be grateful in life” and FORGIVENESS also boost up your IMMUNE SYSTEM.

    Some couples go through the problem of “adultery”. 90% of them ends up gets separated and never coming back. However, if a spouse can TRULY FORGIVE and start their life over again, it is better than getting divorce. I’m talking about “true forgiveness”. Forgetting it and forgiving all the way through. Meaning, never ever bring back the BITTER past even if the the couples end up fighting again.

    Anyway…there is a MIRACLE in true forgiveness and this is GREAT THANKSGIVING.

    Angela

  31. Lea Bullen

    December 5, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Thanksgiving is a blessing, and also a reminder. When you get caught up in day-to-day life you can easily over look the wonderful things around you. Being thankful regularly keeps you grounded and ensures you don’t take those lovely things for granted.

    I practice gratitude daily. A random times during the day I’ll think about things that I’m grateful for. Or while I’m doing something, I acknowledge how it benefits me and become appreciative in that moment.

    ~Lea

  32. Carol Graham

    December 5, 2014 at 8:27 am

    When I was told I had two years to live and I would never bear children, I would not accept that. I fought back and now over 40 years later I am still here. The doctor who told me I would never have children got angry at me for not accepting his diagnosis and I told him I would come back pregnant. I did – FOURTEEN years later. My daughter was born six weeks early on THANKSGIVING DAY. Thanksgiving has never been the same since!

  33. Prithvi

    December 11, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Thanks For posting thanksgiving reasons…. It was great collection of reasons

  34. Abrar Mohi Shafee

    December 13, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Thanks giving is actually great in any industry. I think all the websites and companies should consider thank giving events at least one in six months to keep their readers pumped up.

    I think, Harleena’s Aha-Now! is the best example. We can see how she manage to keep their readers engaged with his blog. Even I’m a victim of her magic in this blog community.

  35. lisa thomson

    November 26, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    I couldn’t agree more, Vinay! You’ve posted some really great reminders with your Thanksgiving Blessings. I try to practice a bit of gratitude each and every day. #1 always for my health. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Harleena and all the wonderful abc community!




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