Giving thanks and recognizing the good in your life can make you a happier person. When you express gratitude you feel more upbeat and self assured. Studies show when people feel more positive their health, resiliency and relationships improve. Traditionally, Thanksgiving is the time of year we gear down our hectic lives to stop, appreciate and give thanks for what life has given us both the material and the ideal. Giving thanks helps you re-adjust your focus from what’s missing in your life to all that exists. For example, 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. Read more…
Giving Thanks: Nurturing Gratitude
Giving Thanks Tips
- Write a thank you note. You can make yourself happier and nurture your relationship with another person by writing a thank you letter expressing your enjoyment and appreciation of that person’s impact on your life. Send it, or better yet, deliver and read it in person if possible. Make a habit of sending at least one gratitude letter a month. Once in a while, write one to yourself.
- Thank someone mentally. No time to write? It may help just to think about someone who has done something nice for you and mentally thank the individual.
- Keep a gratitude journal. Make it a habit to write down or share with a loved one thoughts about the gifts you’ve received each day.
- Count your blessings. Pick a time every week to sit down and write about your blessings — reflecting on what went right or what you are grateful for. Sometimes it helps to pick a number — such as three to five things — that you will identify each week. As you write, be specific and think about the sensations you felt when something good happened to you.
- Pray. People who are religious can use prayer to cultivate gratitude.
- Meditate. Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on the present moment without judgment. Although, people often focus on a word or phrase (such as “peace”), it is also possible to focus on what you’re grateful for (the warmth of the sun, a pleasant sound, etc.). Via health.harvard.edu
Giving Thanks To Cartoon Classics
Yesterday, I sat at the computer like an inert lump. I felt listless and weighed down by too much, “don’t bother me I can’t cope,” stuff. I glanced up at the right hand corner of my screen and realized I’d been staring at the same page for close to an hour. I was in a blue funk. Then, in an instinctual move, I left clicked my mouse on my first saved favorite, “Warner Brothers Classic Cartoons”.
And after hearing the first slide whistle, I was filled with delight. I don’t watch cartoons; I breathe them in for sustenance. Cartoons are a part of who I am. I’m captivated by the characters and how they interact in their zany world. I know them. I know what they’re thinking and how they feel. I honestly can’t think what my life would be like without all the happiness I receive from the Looney Tunes gang. Here are a few of my favorite cartoon clips for you to enjoy on. Click on the link to see the full cartoon version.
A little jazz singing owl brings the genius of Tex Avery to life in, I love To Singa.
Daffy Duck is a space hero in, Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century.
Bugs tries to take a carrot from the King’s field in Sherwood Forest and gets caught by the Sheriff of Nottingham in, Rabbit Hood.
In an incredible short directed by the Master, Chuck Jones, Daffy Duck finds himself tormented by a fiendish animator in, Duck Amuck. Duck Amuck is filled great quotes and images of Daffy like,”Thanks for the sour persimmons, cousin” and this great image,
I’m so grateful to all my readers. Haartfelt started as a little idea from a person who had little knowledge about blogs and blogging, (that would be me). It’s grown steadily since that rainy day in LA when I opened WordPress and Photoshop for the first time. I want to thank all of you for inspiring comments and your continued support. I wish each of you a Happy and Blessed Holiday Season!