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. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. Prithvi

    December 11, 2014 at 12:54 am

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Victor Ome Umukoro

    December 1, 2014 at 3:20 pm

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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




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5 Reasons Why Thanksgiving Is a Blessing