Happy Thanksgiving 2016!


 

Thought I would open with a prayer/blessing by Julie Renee and then close with a reblog of my Self-help Health post for the day….. 

 

Mother-Father God, we thank you for all that is good and right and wonderful in our world, for the miracles of each and every day that we are alive to enjoy this incredible paradise and for the gifts of regeneration, rejuvenation and unending grace that is always there for us! Help us to see what is hidden, to know that we do not always know, that there is mystery and more in the unseen realms and to trust in your profound and deeply abundantly nourishing love for us everyday.

Thank you for the Helpers Angelic Realm, Golden Legion, Jesus and Mary, the Gods and Goddesses from all greater and lesser known traditions who stand with us and for us to continue to establish and bring about a true heaven on earth.

Help us to see where we can offer more, be a spirit of love and giving and let go of neediness and lack, knowing that you have provided for us with endless love, and fantastic wealth! Help us to receive all you are sending our way, clear our path and help us remove the impediments to our deepest and richest fulfillment.

In you Divine Name we humbly ask and are profoundly grateful for these thy gifts of bountiful love! Amen. So Be It. — Julie Renee

 

And from Self-help Health…..

Make Every Day Thanksgiving Day!

There are numerous studies that show that gratitude and thanks giving are good for the mind, body and spirit. So if you want to be healthier and happier, make EVERY day Thanksgiving!

By Dr. Mercola

Each year on the fourth Thursday of November, Americans gather together with friends and family for a Thanksgiving feast — a ritual that many psychologists believe actually fosters greater happiness and health.

And, while the ritual of giving thanks once a year is beneficial, doing it more often could be life changing. At least that’s what science suggests.

THE BENEFITS OF RITUAL GET-TOGETHERS AT MEALTIME

As noted by Barbara Fiese, a psychologist and author of “Family Routines and Rituals”:

“Through direct observation of family mealtimes at home, we’ve found that how families communicate with one another during meals is related to the children’s health.

For example, when families show genuine concern about their child’s daily activities … teachers report these children are less likely to show acting-out behaviors in school.

What’s more, these interactions make children with chronic health conditions such as asthma feel more secure, and they’re more likely to report that they feel better throughout the day.”

Bill Doherty, a family therapist and researcher added:

The classic outcomes of regular rituals for families are coherence (a sense of identity) and connection (a sense of closeness) …

[But] barriers to good interaction — such as cellphone use, people getting up from the table and arguments — were even more strongly related (in a negative direction) to children’s psychological well-being and academic performance.

The implication is that we have to pay attention to doing some things well during meals — such as staying at the table and laughing together — but also avoid negative interactions.”

GRATITUDE INCREASES HAPPINESS — AND HEALTH

As suggested in the video above, research shows that gratitude is a cornerstone of happiness. Moreover, actually expressing your gratitude publicly or openly yields greater results than keeping it to yourself.

If you typically cringe when it’s time to go around the table and share what you’re grateful for, remembering the benefits you reap may ease your discomfort. As noted in a previous CNN report on gratitude and Thanksgiving:2

“… there are some very practical reasons to get into the spirit of things, by taking a minute to remember the reasons you’re blessed. These are lessons that can be applied year-round.”

According to studies, the benefits of gratitude rituals — be it giving thanks at mealtime, keeping a gratitude journal, or sending thank-you notes — include:3,4,5

  • Improved sleep, especially if your mind has a tendency to go into overdrive with negative thoughts and worries at bedtime
  • Higher levels of happiness and a more optimistic outlook on life
  • Greater likelihood to engage in healthy activities such as exercise
  • Higher relationship satisfaction
  • Higher work performance (in one study, managers who expressed gratitude saw a 50 percent increase in the employees’ performance)

Studies have also shown that gratitude can produce a number of measurable effects on a number of systems in your body, all of which can translate into improved health. Biological systems beneficially affected by gratitude include:6

Mood neurotransmitters (serotonin, norepinephrine) Inflammatory and immune systems (cytokines)
Reproductive hormones (testosterone) Stress hormones (cortisol)
Social bonding hormones (oxytocin) Blood pressure, cardiac and EEG rhythms
Cognitive and pleasure related neurotransmitters (dopamine) Blood sugar

Read the rest of the article: here.

Other recommended reading:

Gratitude And The DNA Connection

Get Healthier With Gratitude

Thanksgiving 2015

 

May you have an inspired and inspiring Thanksgiving!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my website Evolution Made Easier (and its To Your Health page) for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

 

 

2 Replies to “Happy Thanksgiving 2016!”

  1. Hi Zirah :-) Thank you for the prayer and the inspiration. :-) <3 I love the picture of the squirrels (or chipmunks?) and the spoon and the fork. :-) I hope you are having a Happy Thanksgiving! I agree with the thankfulness every day approach. This is how I feel. I am particularly thankful today for my warm little nest and that bed that I will be going to sleep in soon. I didn't go home to visit my family this year, but I heard from them today. Even though I celebrate the long days of summer and the warmth and miss them when they are absent, I am thankful for the short days and cold. It is my recuperation and taking stock time. I go slower and have more time for reflection on what happened in the earlier part of the year and what to start preparing for next year. I get a lot more sleep. :-)

    1. They are chipmunks and I think they are so cute. I used to live somewhere where we had a couple of chipmunks (besides squirrels, birds, etc.) visit daily and one of the neatest things was when one surprised us by bringing her two youngsters w/ her to eat the seeds and nuts we’d put out. From then on, a sighting of the little family would always make my day. I miss having such cute visitors where I live now.

      And I know what you mean about the winter time of year….good for slowing down, reflecting and preparing for our own personal “spring growth.” I often have to fight the urge to go into hibernation mode. Usually when it gets dark, even if it’s just 5:30, my body thinks it’s time for bed. HA! sending a Thanksgiving hug your way.

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