Diane Sanford says that being thankful every day can help you to stress less and live better.

At Thanksgiving dinner, one of our family traditions is to go around the table and each say what we’ve been grateful for this year. Even when your Thanksgiving meal ends, I challenge you this week to keep giving thanks every day.

Christina Simantiri
Christina Simantiri

Think about people you have met in your lifetime, the influence that each and every one of them has had on your life. Let someone know that you appreciate her. Call people you’ve haven’t spoken to in a while and tell them what they mean to you. Thank someone for his time or kind gesture.

Then think about things you are thankful for: a pet, flowers in your garden, or the opportunity to travel, for instance. Giving thanks is a powerful positive message that can become part of your daily routine and improve your life. There are many benefits to giving thanks including that it makes our mood more positive and our stress seem less. Express gratitude today and always.

For more ideas on practicing an attitude of gratitude, check out my new book Stress Less Live Better and follow me at twitter or Facebook for conversation and support.

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