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How to Increase Your Sense of Gratitude

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  • Thanksgiving is celebrated in remembrance of the first recorded feast between British pilgrims and Native Americans in Plymouth, 1621. In addition to food, marksmanship games and running races were also enjoyed
  • The practice of openly sharing what we’re grateful for is by many accounts one of the healthiest aspects of our annual Thanksgiving festivity. According to psychologists, it’s a ritual that fosters both happiness and health
  • While giving thanks once a year is beneficial, doing it more often could be life changing. Research shows an attitude of gratitude has many beneficial physical and psychiatric effects
  • Adopting the ritual of saying grace at every meal is a great way to flex your gratitude muscle on a daily basis, and will also foster a deeper connection to your food
  • Your sense of gratitude can be built and strengthened with practice. More than 10 different gratitude practices are included that you can experiment with

By Dr. Mercola

Thanksgiving — celebrated each year on the fourth Thursday of November — is perhaps one of the most cherished of American holidays; it's a time when family and friends gather over ample amounts of food and give thanks for the blessings in life, including each other. As explained by University of California psychology professor Robert Emmons, one of the leading scientific experts on gratitude and author of several books on the topic, gratitude involves two key components:

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