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Posted November 23, 2011 09:20 pm - Updated November 23, 2011 10:00 pm

Gratitude: Thanksgiving Day is more than turkey and football, it's a key to happiness

Let us always give thanks.

“The real issue in life is not how many blessing we have, but what we do with those blessings. Some people have many blessings and hoard them. Some have few and give everything away.” ~ Mister Rogers


Thanksgiving Day, it’s a day of gathering with family (some we love and some, ah, nevermind), pumpkin pie and turkey legs, and saying the blessing before we eat. It’s a day of feasting till our buttons pop and then plopping on the couch for a little football on the tube. More importantly, it’s a day to reflect and appreciate all of our many blessings. Wouldn’t it be great if we could instill some of that Thanksgiving Day spirit into our everyday lives? We should. We can. Gratitude is an important key to happiness. 


I’ll be the first to admit, I haven’t always lived life with a grateful heart. I at times took things and people for granted. I’ve lived the life of nothing ever being enough and focusing on what I didn’t have. I’ve changed a lot over the past few years and for this I am grateful. No matter what’s going on in my life, how much money I have in the bank, or whatever the weather may be, I am thankful. Learning to fully appreciate life is a never-ending journey, but it’s well worth the effort. That’s the great thing about the journey of life, we learn, we grow and we change. It’s one thing to say your thankful and it’s another to live life filled with gratitude. 


Heres’ a little food for thought for living life with a grateful heart:


Make a list of 18 (yes, I’m a golf girl) things that you’re thankful for. Now put that list somewhere that is visible. I did this and it really works. It’s hard to focus on what you don’t have when you’re busy focusing on what you do have.


Do some good. Figure out ways that you can help someone. Don’t let excuses get in your way. Here’s a few resources that may help you: Volunteer Augusta, Boys & Girls Club of Augusta, Golden Harvest Food Bank, The Salvation Army, SafeHomes.     


Say thank you, no really. Get in the habit of saying ‘thank you’ and truly showing your appreciation to those around you. Everyone wants to feel appreciated and it really doesn’t take much effort to do just that. Whatever happened to the days of sending thank-you notes? Guess what, they’re still here. I send those out all the time and people tell me just how nice it made them feel. That is worth the effort, don’t you think?


Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I am thankful for you. If you'd like to have Thanksgiving Day dinner together, please join me as I celebrate a day of giving thanks at One Table in Aiken, South Carolina. Cheers to a life journey filled with gratitude and happiness! As always, feel free to reach me at , Facebook: AugustaGolfGirl, Twitter: @AugustaGolfGirl